CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Austin Peay State University women's tennis team looks to snap out of its early-season malaise when it hosts Lipscomb, 1:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Austin Peay Tennis Center.
Despite their 1-6 mark, the Lady Govs have begun to erase the bad memories of the early-season five-match losing streak. That streak was snapped with Austin Peay's 6-1 win at Southern Indiana, Feb. 23, and the Lady Govs nearly made it two straight before falling 4-3 in Sunday's match against Lindsey Wilson College.
"Yesterday's was a tough loss," said head coach Ross Brown. "(Junior) Andra Cornea and (sophomore) Jovana Karac both went to three sets and fought until the end. I really felt like we should have won that one."
Sophomore Vanessa Tavares has been a pleasant surprise. The Brazilian has won three of her last five matches at No. 4 singles and has teamed with Alison Carre to form a solid No. 2 doubles pairing.
Lipscomb comes into the match at 2-5 during the spring dual season, but have won two of their last three - against North Alabama and UT Martin - since starting the season 0-4. Evansville, Middle Tennessee and Chattanooga composed three of the four Lady Bisons losses during that string - three squads that upended the Lady Govs during their early-season troubles.
"We've been playing much better of late," Brown said. "I'm still confident we'll get into the conference tournament. They've kept their heads up and they continue to fight hard each match."
Austin Peay stomped Lipscomb, 7-0, in last year's matchup in Clarksville. The Lady Govs were helped by facing a short-handed Lady Bisons team that played only five that day, forfeiting the No. 6 singles match and the No. 3 doubles match.