NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Playing two matches at Hadley Park on Saturday, the Tennessee State men’s tennis team lost to Eastern Kentucky, 7-0, before beating Fisk, 7-0, in the nightcap. TSU concludes the day with a 7-10 record, including a 0-4 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.
"It was a tough day for the men,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III. “We started off slowly in doubles. I think I’m going to have to reevaluate my doubles lineup. In singles, we just didn’t come out with the energy we needed. I have to do a better job of motivating them and getting them going. We’re right there, we just have to have a little more heart and fight. Our guys came back against Fisk and played really well in doubles and singles.”
Next up, TSU will hit the road to take on Alabama A&M on Tuesday, March 29.
-- Eastern Kentucky 7, Tennessee State 0 –
EKU (13-10, 3-1 OVC) took an early lead by taking the doubles point with 6-2 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
Competing at No. 1 singles, Daniel Bernal (Bogota, Colombia) battled Ramon van Flymen in a three-set thriller. Bernal won the first set, 6-3, but van Flymen bounced back with a second-set victory. In the third set, Bernal hung tough before van Flymen won in the tiebreaker.
EKU won the other five singles matches in straight sets.
1. Alex Alvaro/Sebastian Mueller (EKU) def. BERNAL, Daniel/DANIEL, Amir (TSU) 6-2
2. Ramon van Flymen/Indra Patwardhan (EKU) def. MADDOX, Grant/BURTON, Kyle (TSU) 6-2
3. NAUTIYAL, Shashank/RODRIGUEZ, Jorge (TSU) vs. Guillem Sanchis/Diego Asis (EKU) 2-5, unfinished
1. Ramon van Flymen (EKU) def. BERNAL, Daniel (TSUM) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
2. Alex Alvaro (EKU) def. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSUM) 6-4, 6-1
3. Guillem Sanchis (EKU) def. RODRIGUEZ, Jorge (TSUM) 6-1, 6-4
4. Diogo Soares (EKU) def. BURTON, Kyle (TSUM) 6-3, 6-4
5. Florian Graskamp (EKU) def. MADDOX, Grant (TSUM) 7-5, 6-3
6. Colin Hart (EKU) def. DANIEL, Amir (TSUM) 6-0, 6-3
-- Tennessee State 7, Fisk 0 --
In the second half of the home doubleheader, TSU cruised to a 7-0 win over cross-town opponent Fisk.
Kyle Burton (Madison, Tenn.) and Bernal paired for a 6-0 No. 1 doubles win, while Jorge Rodriguez (Bogota, Colombia) and Shashank Nautiyal (Delhi, India) won by the same 6-0 score at the No. 2 slot.
The Tigers went on to win the five singles matches contested in straight sets.
1. BURTON, Kyle/BERNAL, Daniel (TSU) def. ALEXANDER, Eric/HARRISON, Kalin (FISK) 6-0
2. RODRIGUEZ, Jorge/NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSU) def. DIAZ, Che/GRARDNER, Keemo (FISK) 6-0
1. BERNAL, Daniel (TSU) def. ALEXANDER, Eric (FISK) 6-0, 6-0
2. RODRIGUEZ, Jorge (TSU) def. HARRISON, Kalin (FISK) 6-0, 6-0
3. BURTON, Kyle (TSU) def. GRARDNER, Keemo (FISK) 6-0, 6-0
4. MADDOX, Grant (TSU) def. DIAZ, Che (FISK) 6-0, 6-0
5. DANIEL, Amir (TSU) def. CARTER, Corey (FISK) 6-1, 6-0
6. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSU) def. No player (FISK), by default