NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men's and women's tennis teams both suffered losses to Eastern Kentucky in late matches Saturday evening at the Currey Tennis Center. The Colonels swept the men, while the women fell 6-1.
Eastern Kentucky won both doubles points with the men defeating the Tigers at No. 1 and No. 3, while the women topped TSU on courts one and two. Ani Popiashvili and Pragati Natraj were the sole athletes in blue and white to win a doubles match 6-1 over Laura Argente and Margaux Lacroix.
Moving into singles, the Colonels took only two matches in straight sets. Big Blue fought through tiebreaker sets on courts one, four, five and six. Senior Shashank Nautiyal dropped the first set, coming back in set two, eventually losing to Ramon van Flyman 7-6, 3-6, 6-3. Pavle Popovic did the same at No. 5. Tanishq Mahendru and Hendersonville-native Kato Richardson had leads going into set two before failing to comeback in the next two sets, allowing the Colonels to improve to 6-17 on the season, 2-3 in the conference.
For the Tiger's women's team, Natraj scored TSU's lone point with a 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 11-9 win over Margaux Lacroix.
The men's team drops to 9-9 overall, 1-5 OVC, while the women's team falls to 12-8 overall, 1-6 in the OVC.
The Tigers close out the weekend at the Currey Tennis Complex as it hosts the Bethel-TN Wilcats at 10 a.m.
TENNESSEE STATE MEN 0, Eastern Kentucky 7
1. Ramon van Flymen (EKU) def. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSUM) 7-6, 3-6, 6-3
2. Parth Aggarwal (EKU) def. KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 6-4, 6-3
3. Guillem Sanchis (EKU) def. SLOAN, Larry (TSUM) 6-2, 6-1
4. Gabriel Ruiz (EKU) def. MAHENDRU, Tanishq (TSUM) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Nicolas Castaldo (EKU) def. POPOVIC, Pavle (TSUM) 6-1, 6-7, 6-0
6. Colin Hart (EKU) def. RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) 2-6, 6-2, 12-10
1. Ramon van Flymen/Gabriel Ruiz (EKU) def. POPOVIC, Pavle/KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 6-2
2. MAHENDRU, Tanishq/NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSUM) vs. Parth Aggarwal/Guillem Sanchis (EKU) 4-2, unfinished
3. Juan Soria/Eduardo Cabral (EKU) def. SLOAN, Larry/RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) 6-1
TENNESSEE STATE WOMEN 1, Eastern Kentucky 6
1. Laura Argente (EKU) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) 6-2, 6-0
2. Kristina Lagoda (EKU) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) 6-3, 6-4
3. Viktorija Demcenkova (EKU) def. CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) 6-2, 6-1
4. Alexandra Belle (EKU) def. VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 6-4, 6-1
5. Lisa Friess (EKU) def. JONES, Ashia (TSUW) 6-0, 6-2
6. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) def. Margaux Lacroix (EKU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 11-9
1. Kristina Lagoda/Viktorija Demcenkova (EKU) def. CAGE, Morgan/JONES, Ashia (TSUW) 6-1
2. Alexandra Belle/Lisa Friess (EKU) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi/VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 6-2
3. NATRAJ, Pragati/POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) def. Laura Argente/Margaux Lacroix (EKU) 6-1