NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men's tennis team defeated the Rhodes Lynx 4-3 Saturday night at the Currey Tennis Center. The Tigers improve to 5-1 while Rhodes finishes its first match of the season at 0-1.
"The men had a great win today," said head coach Monroe Walker. "We got off to a slow start in doubles but showed great fight in singles. To come back and win 4 matches showed our fight. Tanishq has a big win for his first match of the season. He played great. We have to improve our doubles play but I'm very pleased with getting the win. Rhodes is a very good team."
After a challenging set of doubles matches, with only one TSU win by Shashank Nautiyal and Tanishq Mahendru, the Tigers entered singles play down a point.
It seemed to be a replay of last year's matchup where the Lynx won the doubles point, but Big Blue dominated in singles play and took home the win. And indeed, the Tigers duplicated last year's efforts to squeak out a win over the in-state opponent in Rhodes.
Stefan Koruga shutout Sean Hogan at No. 3, 6-0, 6-0. Nautiyal also finished 6-0, 6-2 at No.2. The Lynx pushed freshmen newcomers Pavle Popovic and Manhendru to the edge as both went to three sets. However, in the third set, both Popovic and Mahendru pushed past their opponents winning the No. 4 and No. 6 point, respectively.
The men's tennis team will compete against what will be one of its toughest opponents next Saturday, Feb. 10 in Vanderbilt at the Currey Tennis Center.
1. Ritwik Chatterjee (RHODES) def. SLOAN, Larry (TSUM) 6-1, 6-3
2. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSUM) def. P.J. Shaw (RHODES) 6-0, 6-2
3. KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) def. Sean Hogan (RHODES) 6-0, 6-0
4. POPOVIC, Pavle (TSUM) def. Phil Lauture (RHODES) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
5. Andrew Morton (RHODES) def. RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) 6-3, 6-2
6. MAHENDRU, Tanishq (TSUM) def. Sairam Gudiseva (RHODES) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
1. Sairam Gudiseva/P.J. Shaw (RHODES) def. SLOAN, Larry/RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) 6-1
2. NAUTIYAL, Shashank/MAHENDRU, Tanishq (TSUM) def. Phil Lauture/Sean Hogan (RHODES) 6-2
3. Andrew Morton/Ritwik Chatterjee (RHODES) def. POPOVIC, Pavle/KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 6-3