MOBILE, Ala. - Austin Peay State University men's tennis lost a hard-fought battle with South Alabama, 4-3, Thursday.
While the Govs won only one match outright against the ITA-ranked No. 42 Jaguars, they did managed to force a trio of three-set matches. Junior Sean Bailey picked up the Govs win, handing Romain Bocaert his second loss in five matches. Freshman Iago Seffrin and junior John Storie also picked up wins, at Nos. 5 and 6.
Austin Peay fared well in singles play against the nationally-ranked Jaguars. Freshman Dimitar Ristovski won the second set against Daniel Leitner while fellow freshman Aleksas Tverijonas also won the second set at No. 4 singles.
In doubles action, the Govs battled in all three matches. Seffrin and Tverijonas lost 8-4 at No. 3 doubles, while Bailey and Ristovski lost 8-6 at No. 1 doubles. The final doubles match ended in a 9-7 loss by Storie and sophomore Jasmin Ademovic.
This was the final match of the Govs Spring Break trip. They return to action with the start of Ohio Valley Conference play against SIU Edwardsville, March 17.
#42 South Alabama 4, Austin Peay 3
1. BAILEY, Sean (APSU) def. Bocaert, Romain (USA) 6-2, 7-6
2. Bernard, Alex (USA) def. ADEMOVIC, Jasmin (APSU) 6-7, 6-4, 3-0, retired
3. Leitner, Daniel (USA) def. RISTOVSKI, Dimitar (APSU) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
4. Hall, Cody (USA) def. TVERIJONAS, Aleksas (APSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
5. SEFFRIN, Iago (APSU) def. Gregor, Blake (USA) 4-6, retired
6. STORIE, John (APSU) def. Kruger, Dauw (USA) 2-6, 0-1, retired
1. Bocaert, Romain/Bernard, Alex (USA) def. BAILEY, Sean/RISTOVSKI, Dimitar (APSU) 8-6
2. Bartsch, Hanno/Kuehne, Christian (USA) def. STORIE, John/ADEMOVIC, Jasmin (APSU) 9-7
3. Leitner, Daniel/Hall, Cody (USA) def. SEFFRIN, Iago/TVERIJONAS, Aleksas (APSU) 8-4