NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s tennis team split a pair of matches on Saturday at Hadley Park to conclude a busy week. The Tigers suffered a 6-0 loss to Eastern Kentucky in an Ohio Valley Conference match and went on to beat Fisk, 7-0.
“We played a very good EKU team today,” Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “They haven’t lost in the conference yet. I thought we had a good chance starting off with singles, but we just couldn’t pull it out. We had a couple tight matches, but I hope the girls know we have a lot to work on. We can’t be complacent and we have to keep improving. We had a great win against Fisk. We came out and dominated, so it’s good to finish the weekend on a high note.”
TSU is now 8-5 overall and 1-3 in OVC action.
The Tigers are back in action on Tuesday, March 29, for a road match at Alabama A&M.
-- Eastern Kentucky 6, Tennessee State 0 –
In the first match, TSU and EKU (9-8, 4-0 OVC) only played singles matches. The Tigers lost the six matches in straight sets.
The closest match came at No. 1 singles where Ani Popishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) was handed a 6-2, 6-3 loss.
1. Laura Argente (EKU) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Viktorija Demcenkova (EKU) def. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Corentine Bodin (EKU) def. GANDY, Phoenix (TSU) 6-1, 6-0
4. Margaux Lacroix (EKU) def. VISHWANATH, A. (TSU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Marina Marti (EKU) def. PATTERSON, Taylor (TSU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Raquel Montalvo (EKU) def. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSU) 6-0, 6-3
* Doubles matches were not played
-- Tennessee State 7, Fisk 0 –
The Tigers earned a 7-0 victory in the second match versus Fisk. Taylor Patterson (Munford, Tenn.) and Phoenix Gandy (Atlanta, Ga.) secured a 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles. TSU earned the doubles win as Popiashvili and Phyllicia Hemphill (Nashville, Tenn.) picked up a 6-0 victory at No. 2 doubles.
TSU continued to dominate the singles matches with 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 1-4 singles. Pragati Natraj (Bangalore, India) was victorious at No. 1 singles, while Abhilasha Vishwanath (Bangalore, India) was a winner at No. 2 singles.
Hemphill and Blair Moses (Memphis, Tenn.) picked up wins at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively.
1. PATTERSON, Taylor/GANDY, Phoenix (TSU) def. COLLIER, Kristen/REESE, Zhane (FISK) 6-0
2. POPIASHVILI, Ani/HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSU) def. CLARK, Shelby/BALDONE, Jaelyn (FISK) 6-0
1. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) def. COLLIER, Kristen (FISK) 6-0, 6-0
2. VISHWANATH, A. (TSU) def. REESE, Zhane (FISK) 6-0, 6-0
3. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSU) def. CLARK, Shelby (FISK) 6-0, 6-0
4. MOSES, Blair (TSU) def. BALDONE, Jaelyn (FISK) 6-0, 6-0
5. GANDY, Phoenix (TSU) def. No player (FISK), by default
6. PATTERSON, Taylor (TSU) def. No player (FISK), by default