MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State women’s tennis team cruised to an 8-1 victory over Rhodes at the Dunavant Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.
“This women’s team continues to play great,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “Everyone is focused and locked in. We came out and set the tone early and did not look back. When we are playing good tennis like we are now our confidence is high. We have to keep working and getting better. I am very proud of the start we are having.”
The Tigers won two doubles matches and swept the singles matches.
In doubles, TSU’s second pairing of Abhilasha Vishwanath and Pragati Natraj won by a 8-1 final score, while Ani Popiashvili and Phyllicia Hemphill were 8-0 winners at No. 3.
Popiashvili battled Rhodes Caroline Doherty at No. 1 singles, earning a 6-1, 6-3 victory. At No. 2, Taylor Patterson played her way to a hard fought 2-6, 6-1, 10-6 win over Anna Volkov.
At the middle two positions, Vishwanath won in straight sets at No. 3 singles and Ashia Jones picked up a No. 4 victory.
Natraj and Hemphill secured wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively, on the day.
Tennessee State will take on Austin Peay in the first conference match of the season on Mar. 17 at Hadley Park.