ATLANTA --- The Tennessee State women’s tennis team ended the HBCU Championships in style thanks to one singles championship, one doubles championship, a consolation division championship, and a second place finish.
The women’s tennis team captured the second HBCU tournament championship in school history
“I'm extremely proud of the ladies for placing first for the second year in a row,” Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “But I must admit, it feels better the second time around. Our success in the tournament last fall was inevitable due to the depth of talent on our squad. This year, the ladies really had to come together as a team and fight hard to get through each match. This title speaks volumes of their commitment to each other and to being a great team. I could not be any more pleased with their efforts.”
Pragati Natraj started the day off winning the Flight C singles championship. Natraj cruised to victory by winning the finals by a score of 6-2, 6-2. However, she would not be done for the day. Natraj teamed up with Ani Popiashvili to win the B Flight doubles championship. The tandem also won the B Flight championship last year.
Freshman Aarushi Kakkar advanced to the finals in her respective flight, but lost to fellow teammate Natraj.
The Tigers will play in the ITA Regional Championships Oct. 12-14.
C Flight Singles
Championship - Pragati Natraj def. Aarushi Kakkar(TSU), 6-2, 6-2
B Flight Doubles
Championship - Pragati Natraj/Ani Popiashvili(TSU) def. Aarushi Kakkar/Abhilasha Vishwanath(TSU), 8-5
B Flight Consolation
Round of 16 – Abhilasha Vishwanath(TSU) def. Ayana Rengill(Alabama A&M), 8-1
Quarterfinals – Abhilasha Vishwanath(TSU) def. Idah Longwe(Grambling), No Show
Semi-finals – Abhilasha Vishwanath(TSU) def. Kindha Nasef(Howard), 8-4
Championship – Abhilasha Vishwanath(TSU) def. Cherise Slocombe(Hampton), 8-4
C Flight Consolation
Bryttish Burts(Grambling) def. Morgan Cage(TSU), 8-4