CHARLESTON, Ill. --- The Tennessee State men's and women's tennis teams dropped its matches at Eastern Illinois Saturday afternoon.
The men fell 4-3 and now hold a record of 9-7 overall, 0-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The women fell 7-0 giving them a 12-6 overall record, 1-4 in the OVC.
Both teams had a rough start in doubles play as the Panthers swept the Tigers, clinching the doubles point and giving them a lead on TSU entering singles.
Jackson Gwinn and Larry Sloan suffered a loss at No. 1 to duo Gage Kingsmith and Jared Woodson, 6-4. Grant Reiman and Logan Charbonneau clinched the doubles point at No.3 defeating Shashank Nautiyal and Tanishq Mahendru, 6-4.
Stella Cliffe and Grace Summers won 6-1 over Ashia Jones and Morgan Cage at No. 1 doubles, begore Srishti Slaria and Clair Martin pushed for a 6-3 win at No. 3 over Pragati Natraj and Ani Popiashvili.
With a chance to recover, Big Blue had Nautiyal now playing at No. 2, Mahendru at No. 5 and Pavle Popovic at No. 6. Each of the three competed and defeated EIU, helping the Tigers put three points on the board for TSU. Mahendru and Popovic each winning in straight sets, while Nautiyal won with a dominant third set, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
On the women's side, TSU struggled to pull out a win, as the Panthers won five of the six singles matches in straight sets. Natraj ended her winning streak with a devastating tiebreaker loss at No. 6 to Claire Martin 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 10-8.
The Panther's women's team improved to 4-1, and are now fourth in conference, while the Panther men are 1-4 in the OVC with one conference match left in the spring season.
The Tigers will continue its road trip as it heads to Huntsville, Alabama to take on Alabama A&M on Tuesday, before hosting a sleu of conference matches at home to end the season.
TENNESSEE STATE MEN 3, Eastern Illinois 4
1. O'BRIEN, Freddie (EIU) def. KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
2. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSUM) def. REIMAN, Grant (EIU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. CHARBONNEAU, Logan (EIU) def. GWINN, Jackson (TSUM) 6-1, 6-3
4. KINGSMITH, Gage (EIU) def. SLOAN, Larry (TSUM) 6-1, 6-4
5. MAHENDRU, Tanishq (TSUM) def. REIMAN, Trent (EIU) 7-5, 6-3
6. POPOVIC, Pavle (TSUM) def. WOODSON, Jared (EIU) 7-5, 6-1
1. KINGSMITH, Gage/WOODSON, Jared (EIU) def. GWINN, Jackson/SLOAN, Larry (TSUM) 6-4
2. O'BRIEN, Freddie/REIMAN, Trent (EIU) vs. POPOVIC, Pavle/KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 4-4, unfinished
3. REIMAN, Grant/CHARBONNEAU, Logan (EIU) def. MAHENDRU, Tanishq/NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSUM) 6-4
TENNESSEE STATE WOMEN 0, Eastern Illinois 7
1. CLIFFE, Stella (EIU) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) 6-4, 6-1
2. SUMMERS, Grace (EIU) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) 6-1, 6-4
3. SLARIA, Srishti (EIU) def. CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) 6-0, 6-1
4. PUGACHEVSKY, Emily (EIU) def. VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 6-0, 6-2
5. CONTRERAS, Karla (EIU) def. JONES, Ashia (TSUW) 6-2, 6-4
6. MARTIN, Claire (EIU) def. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 10-8
1. CLIFFE, Stella/SUMMERS, Grace (EIU) def. JONES, Ashia/CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) 6-1
2. PUGACHEVSKY, Emily/CONTRERAS, Karla (EIU) vs. KAKKAR, Aarushi/VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 3-4, unfinished
3. SLARIA, Srishti/MARTIN, Claire (EIU) def. NATRAJ, Pragati/POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) 6-3