COLLEGE PARK, Ga. – The Tennessee State women’s tennis team completed another strong day at the HBCU Championships at the South Fulton Tennis Center on Friday. The Tigers have two singles players in the finals tomorrow as well as a doubles team in the semifinals.
“I’m happy with the way we competed today,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “I knew the competition would be tough. We showed fight and came out on top for some and others fell a little short. I’m excited about the last day tomorrow to see what we can do.”
It will be an all TSU final for the C Flight singles consolation bracket tomorrow with sophomore Phyllicia Hemphill taking on junior Taylor Patterson. Hemphill defeated Bluefield State’s Marta Briales, 8-2, in the consolation quarterfinals and added an 8-2 win over Angelica Ochoe from North Carolina A&T in the consolation semifinals.
Patterson’s 2-0 day in C Flight consolation action included an 8-1 victory against Tuskegee’s Kayla Triche in the quarters and an 8-3 victory in her semifinals matchup with Maria Hernandez from Bluefield State.
The freshman doubles duo of Ani Popiashvili and Pragati Natraj advanced to the semifinals of the B Flight thanks to two wins on Friday. The Popiashvili/Natraj pairing defeated Howard’s Ashely Garner and Margie Funches, 8-0, in the round of 16. They followed up with an 8-2 victory against Elizabeth Geronimo and Sandy Lochu from Savannah State in the quarterfinals.
The HBCU Championships conclude tomorrow.
A Flight Singles
Consolation Quarterfinals – Marusa Mitaishvili (Hampton) def. Ani Popiashuili (TSU), 8-2
B Flight Singles
Quarterfinals – Khalia Powell (NC A&T) def. Pragati Natraj (TSU), 7-6, 6-4
Consolation Round of 16 – Jana Van Der Walt (Xavier) def. Phoenix Gandy (TSU), 8-1
C Flight Singles
Quarterfinals – Nicki Neal (Southern) def. Abhilasha Vishwanath (TSU), 6-3, 6-4
Consolation Quarterfinals – Phyllicia Hemphill (TSU) def. Marta Briales (Bluefield St.), 8-2
Consolation Quarterfinals – Taylor Patterson (TSU) def. Kayla Triche (Tuskegee), 8-1
Consolation Semifinals – Phyllicia Hemphill (TSU) def. Angelica Ochoe (NC A&T), 8-2
Consolation Semifinals – Taylor Patterson (TSU) def. Maria Hernandez (Bluefield St.), 8-3
A Flight Doubles
Quarterfinals – Matsuba/Vidal (B-CU) def. Vishwanath/Patterson (TSU), 8-0
B Flight Doubles
Round of 16 – Popiashvili/Natraj (TSU) def. Garner/Funches (Howard), 8-0
Quarterfinals – Popiashvili/Natraj (TSU) def. Geronimo/Lochu (Savannah St.), 8-2