NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Abhilasha Vishwanath (Bangalore, India) and Phyllicia Hemphill (Nashville, Tenn.) secured singles victories in the Tennessee State women’s tennis team’s 5-2 Ohio Valley Conference loss to Morehead State on Friday at Hadley Park.
“Good playing today for the ladies,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “Phyllicia (Hemphill), again, is doing really well and got another victory. Abhilasha (Vishwanath) is playing really well, and she got another victory. Morehead State came in, and they were ready to play. I think they heard about what we did yesterday and didn’t take us lightly. We played well, but we just have a few things we need to work on.”
TSU (7-4, 1-2 OVC) fell behind as Morehead State (1-12, 1-2 OVC) took the doubles point. At No. 3 doubles, Hemphill paired with Ani Popiashvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) for a 6-0 win. The duo improved to 3-1 on the season.
Hemphill’s singles victory came in straight sets by scores of 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6. Vishwanath also cruised to a two-set victory, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 4 singles.
The Tigers will play two matches tomorrow at Hadley Park, hosting EKU at 11 a.m. and Fisk at 4 p.m.
1. TERASHI, Ayaka/MEHIKIC, Zina (MOR) def. NATRAJ, Pragati/VISHWANATH, A. (TSU) 6-4
2. WILD, Hayley/ORELLANA, Maria (MOR) def. PATTERSON, Taylor/GANDY, Phoenix (TSU) 6-1
3. POPIASHVILI, Ani/HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSU) def. WILD, Lindsey/SAVIC, Aleksandra (MOR) 6-0
1. TERASHI, Ayaka (MOR) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSU) 6-2, 6-0
2. MEHIKIC, Zina (MOR) def. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) 6-2, 6-1
3. WILD, Hayley (MOR) def. GANDY, Phoenix (TSU) 6-4, 6-3
4. VISHWANATH, A. (TSU) def. ORELLANA, Maria (MOR) 6-2, 6-1
5. SAVIC, Aleksandra (MOR) def. PATTERSON, Taylor (TSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSU) def. WILD, Lindsey (MOR) 6-1, 6-0