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February 22, 2013

OVC TRACK: Bouchikhi honored by OVC again

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RICHMOND — EKU tops Lindsey Wilson

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s tennis team improved to 4-1 in home indoor matches this winter with a 5-2 victory over Lindsey Wilson Thursday in Richmond.

The Blue Raiders entered the match ranked fourth nationally at the NAIA level.

Lindsey Wilson opened the match by taking the doubles points thanks to an 8-6 win by Fernando Bogajo and Pablo Vilches at No. 3 doubles.

EKU rallied in singles, but faced numerous tough matches. Lindsey Wilson’s top three singles players are all ranked among the top-40 NAIA players in the nation. Junior Joao Maio clinched the team win with a 6-4, 6-2 decision at No. 5 singles.

“That was our best win of the year so far,” EKU coach Rob Oertel said. “We were fortunate to catch this team early in its schedule because they have plenty of quality players. Our players  have made great strides in their confidence and court demeanor. However, we still need to continue to focus on and improve in this area.”

The Colonels are right back in action Saturday with another home indoor match against Pikeville. Match time is set for 4 p.m.

OVC releases preseason golf polls

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s golf team was picked to place fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference this spring.

EKU’s women’s team was picked to finish sixth.

On the men’s side, the Colonels earned 66 points, one more than fifth-place Belmont and 15 fewer than third-place Murray State.  Jacksonville State (95) was picked to win the conference. The Gamecocks received eight first place votes. Austin Peay (91) earned three first place votes and was picked second.

Eleven schools participate in men’s golf.

On the women’s side, EKU accumulated 44 points, six more than seventh-place Tennessee Tech (38) and two less than fifth-place Austin Peay (46). With eight first-place votes, Morehead State was chosen as the favorite to win the conference. Jacksonville State (72) was second, followed by Murray State (67) in third. Belmont (52) was fourth.

Ten OVC members field women’s golf teams.

EKU’s men’s team opens the spring portion of its schedule on March 4 at the Samford Invitational. The women’s squad begins play on Monday at the South Alabama Women’s Invitational.

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