NASHVILLE --- Competing in the second dual match of the spring season, the Tennessee State women’s tennis team earned a 6-1 victory over NAIA-opponent Cumberland on Thursday afternoon. TSU won two of the three doubles matches before winning five singles matches for the convincing victory.
“The girls played really well,” Head Coach Monroe Walker stated. “They were a good team and we dominated the match. We played great doubles and Ani and Hemphill won 6-0. We won all the singles matches except for one. They have been practicing really hard; and they have been listening to the coaching. Ani beat a nationally ranked player and she is playing great. Abhi and Gati were also great today. We have to keep working and getting better.”
In doubles action, Taylor Patterson and Ashia Jones dropped a 6-1 decision to Cumberland’s Franki Jecker and Ainhoa Garrido at the No. 1 slot.
TSU’s Abhilasha Vishwanath and Pragati Natraj cruised to a 6-2 victory over Sarah Edwards and Marta Ferrando Pea in No. 2 doubles action, while Ani Popiashvili and Phyllicia Hemphill made quick work of Jasmine Shankar and Belen Salazar Yanez by winning 6-0 in a No. 3 doubles win.
The Tigers’ strong play carried over to singles where TSU earned straight-set victories in five matches.
Popiashvili captured a 6-2, 6-1 win over Marta Ferrando Pea, while Vishwanath posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory in her No. 3 singles match with Shankar. At No. 4, Jones played her way to a 6-3, 6-2 win, while Natraj posted back-to-back 6-0 set wins at No. 5. Hemphill closed the match as a winner over Edwards at No. 6.
The Tigers are back in action with Arkansas Pine Bluff, Rhodes College, and LeMoyne-Owen March 3-4 in Memphis.