NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s tennis team earned a 4-3 victory over Southeast Missouri in an Ohio Valley Conference match on Sunday at Hadley Park to finish the 2015-16 season on a high note.
Including three wins in the fall season, TSU finishes the 2015-16 season with a 9-11 overall record with a 2-8 OVC record. Southeast Missouri concludes the year 1-19 and 0-10 in the OVC.
“This was a great win for the women,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “We played hard, and SEMO didn’t want to lose. Abhilasha (Vishwanath) and Pragati (Natraj) did a great job in doubles. Abhi is playing the best tennis on the team, and she dominated at No. 3 singles. She had great energy all day and kept the team up. Phyllicia (Hemphill) closed the match out with a long match. She battled until the end. She has shown me so much this year, and I’m very proud of her.”
Winning at No. 3 doubles by default, the Tigers earned the doubles point with a 7-6 (7-4) win at No. 2 doubles courtesy of Pragati Natraj (Bangalore, India) and Abhilasha Vishwanath (Bangalore, India).
In singles play, Vishwanath cruised to a straight-set 6-1, 6-1 win at the No. 3 position in her match versus Emilia Montenegro. Phyllicia Hemphill (Nashville, Tenn.) secured the match-clinching point at No. 5 singles. She battled Ana Canahuate-Torres to a pair of set wins in tiebreakers, winning by scores of 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (5). Hemphill and Vishwanath tied for the team lead with 12 singles victories on the season.
TSU earned a point at No. 6 singles by default.
The Tigers capped a turnaround season by finishing ahead of Belmont and SEMO in the OVC regular season standings. Earlier this season, TSU picked up its first victory since the 2012 season.
“It was a good season,” Walker III said. “Two OVC wins hasn’t been done in a while for TSU tennis. We need to build on this and with the new women coming in, we want to win more conference matches. Again, it was a good year for a young team.”
1. WARASANTI, Annisa/KRUPA, Isabella (SEMO) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani/PATTERSON, Taylor (TSU) 6-3
2. NATRAJ, Pragati/VISHWANATH, A. (TSU) def. MAJTAN, Mila/CANAHAUATE-TORRES, A (SEMO) 7-6 (7-4)
3. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia/MOSES, Blair (TSU) def. No player/No player (SEMO), by default
1. KRUPA, Isabella (SEMO) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSU) 6-2, 6-1
2. MAJTAN, Mila (SEMO) def. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) 6-0, 6-3
3. VISHWANATH, A. (TSU) def. MONTENEGRO, Emilia (SEMO) 6-1, 6-1
4. WARASANTI, Annisa (SEMO) def. PATTERSON, Taylor (TSU) 6-3, 6-3
5. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSU) def. CANAHAUATE-TORRES, A (SEMO) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5)
6. MOSES, Blair (TSU) def. No player (SEMO), by default