NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee State men's and women's tennis teams closed the weekend with victories over Bethel-TN. The men walked over the Wildcats, 8-1, while the women swept Bethel 9-0.
Utilizing the 9-point scoring system, the Tigers gained five total points in doubles - two due to wins by default.
For the men, Shashank Nautiyal and Tanishq Mahendru won on court two, 8-3. And for the women, sophomore Ashia Jones and freshman Morgan Cage defeated Marcela Donatoni and Elena Fochs at No. 1, 8-2, followed closely by Aarushi Kakkar and Abhilasha Vishwanath increasing their doubles record to 11-7 after an 8-0 win over Rossele Dorero and Allison Smarsh.
Bethel gave the Tigers a run for its money, pushing TSU's men on courts one, two and three to its limits. Stefan Koruga defeated Edwyn Ramos, 6-4, 7-5. Nautiyal pushed past Lorenz Bialkowski 6-3, 6-3, and Larry Sloan fought hard for his eighth singles victory of the season, 7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-3) over Zach Vanderbough.
The women up 3-0, cruised through singles play, winning in straight sets and allowing the Wildcats to take only five games.
Big Blue men improve to 10-9, 0-2 OVC. The ladies improve to 13-8, 1-6 OVC.
The Tigers host crosstown rival Belmont at the Currey Tennis Center Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m.
TENNESSEE STATE MEN 8, Bethel 1
1. KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) def. Edwyn Ramos (BETHM) 6-4, 7-5
2. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSUM) def. Lorenz Bialkowski (BETHM) 6-3, 6-3
3. SLOAN, Larry (TSUM) def. Zach Vanderbough (BETHM) 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3)
4. MAHENDRU, Tanishq (TSUM) def. Igor Aguilera (BETHM) 6-0, 6-0
5. POPOVIC, Pavle (TSUM) def. John Griffith (BETHM) 6-0, 6-0
6. RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) def. No player (BETHM), by default
1. Edwyn Ramos/Lorenz Bialkowski (BETHM) def. KORUGA, Stefan/POPOVIC, Pavle (TSUM) 8-3
2. NAUTIYAL, Shashank/MAHENDRU, Tanishq (TSUM) def. John Griffith/Igor Aguilera (BETHM) 8-3
3. SLOAN, Larry/RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) def. No player/No player (BETHM), by default
TENNESSEE STATE WOMEN 9, Bethel 0
1. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) def. Marcela Donatoni (BETHW) 6-1, 6-3
2. CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) def. Elena Fochs (BETHW) 6-0, 6-1
3. VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) def. Rossele Dorero (BETHW) 6-0, 6-0
4. JONES, Ashia (TSUW) def. Allison Smarsh (BETHW) 6-0, 6-0
5. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) def. Brooke Daniels (BETHW) 6-0, 6-0
6. GANDY, Phoenix (TSUW) def. No player (BETHW), by default
1. JONES, Ashia/CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) def. Marcela Donatoni/Elena Fochs (BETHW) 8-2
2. KAKKAR, Aarushi/VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) def. Rossele Dorero/Allison Smarsh (BETHW) 8-0
3. NATRAJ, Pragati/POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) def. No player/No player (BETHW), by default