COLLEGE PARK, Ga. – The Tennessee State women’s tennis team ended the HBCU Championships on a high note thanks to victories in the finals of the B Flight doubles bracket and C Flight singles consolation bracket at the South Fulton Tennis Center on Saturday. The all-freshman pairing of Ani Popiashvili and Pragati Natraj won in doubles, while junior Taylor Patterson added the singles victory.
“I’m happy TSU got wins,” Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “It’s the first time winning a title at the HBCU Championships in TSU history. For two freshmen to win the title is huge. I’m happy for them, and they represented TSU well. The entire team played well and impressed a lot of people. We will use this to get better and not be content.”
Popiashvili and Natraj completed their undefeated tournament with a pair of wins on Saturday. In the semifinals, TSU’s duo defeated Shaw’s Ana Ruzir and Marilyne Kamegne, 8-4. Competing in the finals, the Popiashvili/Natraj pairing battled for an 8-6 victory over Arrice Robinson and Shantal Blackwood from Florida A&M to claim the B Flight doubles championship.
In the all-TSU finals of the C Flight singles consolation bracket, Taylor Patterson bested teammate Phyllicia Hemphill by an 8-3 final score.
C Flight Singles
Consolation Finals – Taylor Patterson (TSU) def. Phyllicia Hemphill (TSU), 8-3
B Flight Doubles
Semifinals – Popiashvili/Natraj (TSU) def. Ruzir/Kamegne (Shaw), 8-4
Finals – Popiashvili/Natraj (TSU) def. Robinson/Blackwood (FAMU), 8-6