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MARTIN, Tenn. –
The 2018 Ohio Valley Conference season for the University of Tennessee at Martin tennis team starts on Friday, March 9 when it pays a visit to the Jacksonville State Gamecocks at noon.

The Skyhawks are in the midst of a nine-match road swing to open the spring season, including their current four-matches-in-six-day trip through the state of Alabama. UT Martin has defeated Jacksonville State on five of the past six occasions, owning a 10-6 lead in the all-time series between the two schools.

Preseason OVC Top-10 honoree Asel Jumamukhambetova has played at No. 1 singles for the Skyhawks all spring, accounting for a team-best seven singles victories on the season. Jemima Potter (No. 2), Andrea Plantada (No. 4) and Elina Geut (No. 6) have each claimed victories in singles play so far this spring for UT Martin, who is coming off an 8-1 campaign in OVC play in 2017.

In doubles, Plantada has teamed with Amelia Campbell at No. 3 to generate a pair of wins at No. 3 this spring. The No. 1 tandem of Jumamukhambetova and Potter are responsible for a team-high six doubles victories this season for the Skyhawks.

UT Martin’s returning players boast several impressive career records in OVC play. Geut is 18-6 in singles play with a 7-2 doubles mark against league foes while Jumamukhambetova is 14-3 against OVC rivals in singles. Plantada was a combined 16-0 last season against league competition, as she has gone 10-1 in singles and 12-1 in doubles in her OVC career. Potter went 8-0 in OVC doubles in 2017 and accounts for a 15-2 career doubles record against OVC opposition.

Jacksonville State is undergoing a turnaround season under third-year coach Andres Amores, as the Gamecocks are currently 7-1 after a 4-17 campaign which included an 0-9 OVC slate in 2016-17. Freshman Marine Alberteau leads Jacksonville State a perfect 6-0 singles mark this spring while she has joined forces with sophomore Diana Monsalve to forge a team-best 6-1 doubles mark (all at No. 3) in 2018.

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