NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In a match that featured just singles action, the Tennessee State women’s tennis team was handed a 6-0 loss by visiting UT Martin at Hadley Park on Friday morning.
Tennessee State (8-11, 1-7 OVC) could not overcome the strong UT Martin side, which improved to 11-10 overall and is tied for the Ohio Valley Conference lead with an 8-1 league mark.
At No. 2 singles, freshman Pragati Natraj (Bangalore, India) battled Hitomi Naito in a highly-contested match. Natraj nearly pulled out the first set, falling by a 6-4 score. In the second set, Naito had the better of the play in a 6-2 win.
Another freshman Ani Popiashvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) was also locked up in a tight match at No. 1 singles. Going back and forth with Sarah Candeloro, Popiashvili fell by scores of 6-2, 6-3.
The Tigers will finish the season on Sunday, April 17, at home versus Southeast Missouri at 10 a.m.
1. CANDELORO, Sarah (UTM) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. NAITO, Hitomi (UTM) def. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) 6-4, 6-2
3. JUMAMUKHAMBETOVA, A. (UTM) def. GANDY, Phoenix (TSU) 6-0, 6-1
4. TARI, Burcu (UTM) def. VISHWANATH, A. (TSU) 6-2, 6-1
5. POTTER, Jermima (UTM) def. PATTERSON, Taylor (TSU) 6-1, 6-2
6. GEUT, Elina (UTM) def. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSU) 6-2, 6-0