NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men's and women’s tennis teams will open the 2017-18 season at the HBCU Invitational in College Park, Georgia, Thursday, Sept. 14. The four-day tournament will begin with a round of 64 singles and 32 doubles on Thursday and end with championship rounds on Saturday.
WOMEN'S TEAM: The Tigers will rely on veterans Phyllicia Hemphill, Phoenix Gandy, Pragati Natraj, Ani Popiashvili, Abhilasha Vishwanath and Ashia Jones to lead the Big Blue to another victory. Newcomers Morgan Cage, Lydia Jones and Aarushi Kakkar round out the nine-player roster. The TSU women's team is looking to become two-time HBCU Invitational Champions, after dominating in last year’s tournament.
MEN'S TEAM: The Tigers return seniors Grant Maddox and Shashank Nautiyal, as well as sophomores Kato Richardson and Larry Sloan. Tanishq Manhendru is a sophomore transfer from the University of the Cumberlands where he compiled a team best 4-2 record in conference play for the Patriots. Newcomers Jackson Gwinn and Pavle Popovic look to make great impressions as they take the court for the first time with the Big Blue.
Participating Teams (14): Alabama A&M, Bluefield State, Delaware State, FAMU, Grambling, Hampton, Howard, Jackson State, Johnson C. Smith, NCCU, Shaw, Tennessee State, Virginia State and Xavier.
UP NEXT: The Tigers will take the short drive to Murfreesboro, Tennessee for the ITA Regional Championships Oct. 12-15.