APSU Women’s Tennis beats SIU Edwardsville, 5-2

APSU Women's TennisClarksville, TN For the fourth season in a row, the Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s tennis team finds itself in a seven-game victory after the Governors’ 5-2 Ohio Valley Conference victory against SIU Edwardsville, Sunday, at the Governors Tennis Courts.

Austin Peay (7-5, 3-0 OVC) claimed the win early, winning the double point for the sixth game in a row before collecting the first three single points.

Senior Danielle Morris and red-shirt sophomore Jana Leder quickly earned their fourth win of the spring, sweeping SIUEs Jordan Schifano and Vanessa Reinicke 6-0 from No. 2 doubles to give governments the early double advantage.

Denise Torrealba and Honoka Nakanishi found themselves in an unknown position early in their fight from the No. 1 position. After 3-0 against Cougars’ Jill Lambrechts and Maria Thibault, Torrealba and Nakanishi stormed back to raise six straight points and win their team-best eighth doubles match of the season.

APSU Govs’ No. 3 pairing of Martina Paladini-Jennings and Yu-Hua Cheng’s match went unfinished 4-4.

In the single, Leader extended APSU’s lead after winning a convincing 6-1, 6-1 victory against Lambrechts, and at the same time ended her opponent’s 14-match winning streak. Five of Leader’s victories this season have come in straight sets, with her opponent not scoring over three points in a set.

Torrealba won its eighth singles match of the season, defeating Schifano 7-5, 6-3. The victory tied her with Paladini-Jennings for most victories on the team. The native of Neu-Isenburg has won six out of seven matches while playing No. 1 for Govs this season.

After losing his first set of the spring, 6-2, to SIUE’s Fabiola Perez, Morris made a convincing comeback and defeated Perez, 6-2, 6-3, in the following sets to remain perfect in singles with 5-0 and secure. victory for Austin Peay State University.

SIUE (14-3, 2-2 OVC) claimed their first point of the afternoon after defeating Paladini-Jennings from the No. 3 position and winning a narrow match against Aleks Topalovic in a No. 5 match, where second set tiebreaker was extended to 15-13.

With the victory already in hand, Cheng won his sixth match of the season after defeating Nicole Gomez in the 10-point tiebreaker. Cheng has won five games in a row going back to APSU’s win over Western Kentucky on March 4th.

Results vs. SIU Edwardsville


  1. Denise Torrealba / Honoka Nakanishi (APSU) def. Jill Lambrechts / Maria Thibault (SIUE), 6-3
  2. Jana Leder / Danielle Morris (APSU) def. Jordan Schifano / Vanessa Reinicke (SIUE), 6-0
  3. Martina Paladini-Jennings / Yu-Hua Cheng (APSU) vs. Melissa Vizcardo / Caitlyn Sporing (SIUE), unfinished at 4-4

Closing order: 2, 1 *


  1. Denise Torrealba (APSU) vs. Jordan Schifano (SIUE), 7-5, 6-3
  2. Jana Leder (APSU) vs. Jill Lambrechts (SIUE), 6-1, 6-1
  3. Vanessa Reinicke (SIUE) def. Martina Paladini-Jennings (APSU), 6-2, 6-3
  4. Danielle Morris (APSU) vs. Fabiola Perez (SIUE), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
  5. Amber Hochstatter (SIUE) def. Aleks Topalovic (APSU), 6-3, 7-6 (15-13)
  6. Yu-Hua Cheng (APSU) vs. Nicole Gomez (SIUE), 7-5, 4-6, 10-7

Closing order: 2, 1, 4 *, 3, 5, 6

Coach corner

Austin Peay State University head coach Ross Brown

On the victory … “I credit the girls for their courage and determination in this. A good example was in our No. 1 double. Honoka missed some easy shots, but she stayed strong and kept going, and she and Denise turned it around. When you play then hard, things will not always go your way. I’m also glad we’re continuing the fight. There may be no guarantees, but you have a good chance if you’re still fighting when things do not go your way, which we did in day.”

On singles games … “They compete really hard out there. They pay attention to everything that goes on and keep stock. Danielle lost the first set today and the girl she faced, everything that was in her strike zone, she beat and played incredibly What Danielle did was get the ball up a little higher and it made a difference. It’s the little things out there. I’m happy with how they’ve competed the whole match, it’s always been our goal.

Looking forward to next week’s matches … “We play UT Martin first, so I’m worried about UT Martin … There are no guarantees out there, I just want to do the same things we’ve done to give ourselves the best possible chance of success. We do good stuff in doubles; I’ve been happy with our positioning and everything we’ve done in it. The double point against both UT Martin and Southeast Missouri is huge. UT Martin has always played good doubles … you can not overlook them “The next day against SEMO will be the same, they are a good team and we have to do what we have to do.”

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Next to APSU Women’s Tennis

After a strong start to conference play, Austin Peay State University’s women’s tennis team will have their 3-0 OVC record put to the test with a pair of road games against UT Martin and Southeast Missouri next weekend. APSU Govs meet Skyhawks on April 15 at. 14:00 before meeting the Redhawks in a rematch of last season’s OVC Tournament Championship on April 16 at. 13:00.

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