NASHVILLE --- Sophomore Aarushi Kakkar fought her way through a tiebreaker to win the sole singles match for the Tennessee State women's tennis team Sunday afternoon at the Hadley Park Bubble. University of Alabama Birmingham finished they day, 6-1 over the Tigers.
Big Blue stayed even with UAB at No. 1 and 3 before both Blazer duos pulled away and clinched the doubles point. Returners Morgan Cage and Ashia Jones forced an extra game, finally falling to Jana Hecking and Dominika Hrabalova at No. 2.
Moving into singles play, each of the Blazers took the first set. Kakkar and Pragati Natraj served their way to a second set win, forcing a tiebreaker. Natraj lost steam, dropping at No. 2, 6-4, 4-6, 10-4, but Kakkar kept the team on the edge of their seats as she pulled through defeating Hrabalova, 1-6, 6-2, 10-8.
TSU women are now 2-1 on the season, with its next match Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. versus Chattanooga.
TENNESSEE STATE WOMEN 1, UAB 6
1. Marlene Herrmann/Alex Shchipakina (UAB) def. NATRAJ, Pragati/VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 6-4
2. Jana Hecking/Dominika Hrabalova (UAB) def. CAGE, Morgan/JONES, Ashia (TSUW) 7-5
3. Megan Bertrands/Hana Sisirak (UAB) def. BECKHAM, Mackenzie/KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) 6-3
1. Marlene Herrmann (UAB) def. VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 6-1, 6-0
2. Alex Shchipakina (UAB) def. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) 6-4, 4-6, 10-4
3. Jana Hecking (UAB) def. CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) 6-2, 6-2
4. Megan Bertrands (UAB) def. BECKHAM, Mackenzie (TSUW) 6-4, 6-1
5. KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) def. Dominika Hrabalova (UAB) 1-6, 6-2, 10-8
6. Hana Sisirak (UAB) def. SOLE, Claudia (TSUW) 6-1, 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,1,4,2,6,5)