HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Playing its final non-conference match of the season, the Tennessee State women’s tennis team was handed a 4-3 loss at Alabama A&M on Sunday at the Bulldog Tennis Courts. Pragati Natraj (Bangalore, India), Abhilasha Vishwanath (Bangalore, India) and Phyllicia Hemphill (Nashville, Tenn.) secured singles victories for TSU on the day.
The Tigers (8-9) split the three singles matches, but Alabama A&M (4-13) won the doubles point en route to victory.
“The women let this one get away,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “We lost the doubles point after being up at No. 1. We have to close that out and not squander a lead. They bounced back in singles and were close to pulling it out. It came down to Taylor (Patterson), and she lost a tough three-set match. I was very proud of her and her effort.”
At No. 3 doubles, Hemphill paired with Ani Popiashvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) to cruise to a 6-0 victory.
In singles play, Natraj moved into double-figure victories on the season with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Orinna Rodriguez at the No. 2 slot. Vishwanath (No. 4) and Hemphill (No. 6) also won in straight sets for the Tigers.
After dropping the first set at No. 5 singles, Taylor Patterson (Munford, Tenn.) fought back for a 6-2 win in the second. She ended up falling to AAMU’s Shrarre Smith, 6-4, in the third.
Next on the schedule, the Tigers will play a make-up match at Murray State on Tuesday, April 12. The match was originally scheduled for April 9.
1. Virga Hollos/Rida Khalid (AAMU) def. VISHWANATH, A./NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) 6-4
2. Orianna Rodriguez/Shrarre Smith (AAMU) def. GANDY, Phoenix/PATTERSON, Taylor (TSU) 6-1
3. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia/POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSU) def. Anushka Sathe/Alexandra Desgagne (AAMU) 6-0
1. Virga Hollos (AAMU) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSU) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
2. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) def. Orianna Rodriguez (AAMU) 6-0, 6-1
3. Anushka Sathe (AAMU) def. GANDY, Phoenix (TSU) 6-3, 6-3
4. VISHWANATH, A. (TSU) def. Rida Khalid (AAMU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Shrarre Smith (AAMU) def. PATTERSON, Taylor (TSU) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
6. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSU) def. Alexandra Desgagne (AAMU) 6-0, 6-0