EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Squaring off with Ohio Valley Conference preseason favorite SIUE, the Tennessee State women’s tennis team suffered a 7-0 road loss on Friday at the SIUE Tennis Courts.
TSU (8-6, 1-4 OVC) fell behind early as SIUE (12-4, 4-1 OVC) won the doubles points with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. In singles, the Cougars picked up victories in the six singles matches to pull away.
“The girls didn’t play bad as a group today,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “Abhilasha (Vishwanath) and Taylor (Patterson) played really well, and their matches could have gone either way. We have to figure out weather conditions and not let it affect us. We are better than we are playing, and everyone has to bring more to each match. Tomorrow, I expect more energy and fight.”
At No. 4 singles, Abhilasha Vishwanath (Bangalore, India) played a tight match with Morgan Steffes. Falling in the first set, 6-3, Vishwanath battled before falling 7-6 (7-4) in the second set.
In another close match, Taylor Patterson (Munford, Tenn.) played a three-set match with McKenzie Thomas. After dropping the first set, Patterson bounced back with a 6-2 win to force the third. Thomas had the better of the play moving forward, earning a 10-1 win to secure the victory.
The Tigers are back in action tomorrow with a road match at Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Ill.
1. Mia Frogner/Madeline Hill (SIUE) vs. VISHWANATH, A./NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) 2-1, unfinished
2. Sierra Halverson/Ann-Christine Link (SIUE) def. PATTERSON, Taylor/GANDY, Phoenix (TSU) 6-1
3. Lexi Aranda/Morgan Steffes (SIUE) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani/HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSU) 6-0
1. Lexi Aranda (SIUE) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSU) 6-2, 6-0
2. Mia Frogner (SIUE) def. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Madeline Hill (SIUE) def. GANDY, Phoenix (TSU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Morgan Steffes (SIUE) def. VISHWANATH, A. (TSU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
5. McKenzie Thomas (SIUE) def. PATTERSON, Taylor (TSU) 6-3, 2-6, 10-1
6. Ann-Christine Link (SIUE) def. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSU) 6-4, 7-5