JACKSONVILLE, Ala. –-- The Tennessee State women’s tennis team earned its first Ohio Valley Conference victory of the season, defeating Jacksonville State by a 4-3 final score Saturday afternoon. It was only TSU's third OVC women's tennis win since 2001.
“The girls played awesome today,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “It was huge to get the doubles point. Ani and Abhi played great and clinched the point for us. They played a good team and closed out strong. Ani played great today in singles. Playing at No.1 is never easy; and she kept her composure through an intense match. That win was huge. All the ladies played great today. Ashia and Abhi both lost in three sets and both matches could have gone the other way. They both competed hard and did not give up. Gati lost two extremely close sets as well. This was a good conference win for the ladies. We have never beat JSU in program history.”
The Tigers started the day by winning the doubles point. Ani Popiashvili teamed up with Abhilasha Vishwanath to earn a 6-1 win at No. 2. The pairing of Taylor Patterson and Phyllicia Hemphill captured the point with a 6-0 victory at No. 3.
At No. 1 singles, Popiashvili played her way to a hard-fought victory over Genevie Ulanday, 6-3, 7-6.
Ashia Jones gave extreme effort at No. 2 singles before falling by scores of 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in her match against Diana Monslave, while Vishwanath was tripped up at No. 4 by scores of 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.
The Tigers picked up another victory at No. 5 singles courtesy of Hemphill thanks to a straight set 6-0, 6-0 win. Closing out the victory, Phoenix Gandy won her match by default at the No. 6 position.
TSU closes the season out at home for Senior Day on Monday Apr. 17 against Martin Methodist at Hadley Park at 3 pm.