NASHVILLE - Austin Peay State University women's tennis team was eliminated from the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament with a 4-3 loss to Eastern Kentucky, Saturday, at Centennial Sportsplex.
In both singles and doubles, the match came down to the final point. The Lady Govs won two of three doubles matches, but the Colonels won four singles matches to advance.
It came down to No. 1 doubles after the two teams split Nos. 2 and 3. Ornella Di Salvo and Andra Cornea won 8-5 at No. 2, but Vanessa Tavarez and Jovana Karak dropped an 8-4 match at No. 3. The Lady Govs would take the point after Vanja Tomic and Alison Carre fashioned a come-from-behind win at the top spot.
In singles play, Carre won in straight sets at No. 3 and Cornea won in straight sets at No. 4. The Colonels took the bottom two matches and Di Salvo fell at No. 2. That left only Tomic's match still on the court.
Tomic and Faouzi had a history entering the match, with Faouzi handing Tomic her season's only loss in their earlier meeting. The two battled with Faouzi taking the first set, only to see Tomic win the second. In the third set, it came down to unforced errors by Tomic as Faouzi won a close 6-4 third set to settle the match.
The Lady Govs finished the season with a 9-15 overall record, but look to return the full team - expect a graduating Tomic - for 2012-13.
Eastern Kentucky 4, Austin Peay 3
1. FAOUZI, Amandine (EKU-W) def. TOMIC, Vanja (APSUW) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
2. LABEJA, Kristina (EKU-W) def. Di SALVO, Ornella (APSUW) 6-3, 6-1
3. CARRE, Alison (APSUW) def. GARRITSEN, Melissa (EKU-W) 6-3, 6-1
4. CORNEA, Andra (APSUW) def. OSCOZ, Saioa (EKU-W) 6-4, 6-4
5. POFFO, Milena (EKU-W) def. TAVAREZ, Vanessa (APSUW) 6-3, 6-2
6. RODRIGUEZ, Carmen (EKU-W) def. KARAK, Jovana (APSUW) 6-1, 6-0
1. TOMIC, Vanja/CARRE, Alison (APSUW) def. LABEJA, Kristina/GARRITSEN, Melissa (EKU-W) 9-7
2. Di SALVO, Ornella/CORNEA, Andra (APSUW) def. OSCOZ, Saioa/POFFO, Milena (EKU-W) 8-5
3. FAOUZI, Amandine/JIMENEZ, Marcela (EKU-W) def. TAVAREZ, Vanessa/KARAK, Jovana (APSUW) 8-4