NASHVILLE --- On a Thursday afternoon at Hadley Park, the UT Martin women's tennis team handed the Tennessee State Tigers its fifth conference loss of the season, 5-2.
"Even though we lost 5-2, this is the best match we've played in the conference," said head coach Monroe Walker. "The energy from everyone was great and I'm proud of the team. Everyone was engaged, fighting and having fun which made it fun for the coaches. I'm looking forward to Saturday and for a TSU win."
The Blue and White struggled in doubles as the Skyhawks took victories on courts one and two to clinch the point. Underclassmen Ashia Jones and Morgan Cage fell at No.1 to Jemima Potter and Asel Jumamukhambetova, 6-1. The match on court three was left unfinished with Ani Popiasvhili and Pragati Natraj down 5-6.
Advancing to doubles, the Tigers scored its two points at No. 5 and No. 6 where Abhilasha Vishwanath defeated Mizuki Sakurai in a tiebreaker set, 2-6, 6-0, 6-2. Natraj wasn't far behind with a win in straight sets over Elina Geut, 7-5, 6-1.
The Tigers drop to 12-7 on the season and 1-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Big Blue hosts Eastern Kentucky at the Currey Tennis Center Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. before stepping out of conference play for the final non-conference match of the spring.
TENNESSEE STATE 2, UT Martin 5
1. JUMAMUKHAMBETOVA, As (UTM) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) 6-1, 6-2
2. POTTER, Jemima (UTM) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) 7-5, 6-4
3. STREIF, Jule (UTM) def. CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) 6-4, 4-6, 10-8
4. PLANTADA, Andrea (UTM) def. JONES, Ashia (TSUW) 6-4, 6-4
5. VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) def. SAKURAI, Mizuki (UTM) 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
6. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) def. GEUT, Elina (UTM) 7-5, 6-1
1. JUMAMUKHAMBETOVA, As/POTTER, Jemima (UTM) def. JONES, Ashia/CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) 6-1
2. SAKURAI, Mizuki/BURAK, Olha (UTM) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi/VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 6-4
3. POPIASHVILI, Ani/NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) vs. PLANTADA, Andrea/CAMPBELL, Amelia (UTM) 5-6, unfinished
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,6,4,2,3,5)