NASHVILLE --- In a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Alabama A&M Sunday afternoon in the Hadley Park Bubble, Tennessee State's women's tennis team is now 5-8, 0-2 OVC on the season.
The Tigers made an impressive run in doubles, clinching the point after two wins at No. 1 and 3. Pragati Natraj and Claudia Sole defeated the Bulldogs, 6-4, before freshman Mackenzie Beckham and senior Abhilasha Vishwanath finished out doubles play, 6-2, giving TSU a 1-0 lead moving into singles play.
A&M's Jasmine Boyd took the first singles point of the afternoon, defeating Natraj at No. 2, 6-1, 6-2. Tied 1-1, Aarushi Kakkar easily put Big Blue back in the lead, recording another No.1 victory, 6-1, 6-1.
Mackenzie Beckham dropped her match on court three, bringing the overall score to 2-2.
The Bulldogs clinched the match with the next two matches on courts, 3 and six before newcomer Claudia Sole finished it out with a victory at No. 5, 6-3, 6-4.
The Tigers head to SEMO for its next match on March 29 with first serve set for 1 p.m.
TENNESSEE STATE 3, ALABAMA A&M 4
1. Jasmine Boyd/Anita Bozhko (ALAAMW) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi/CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) 6-3
2. NATRAJ, Pragati/SOLE, Claudia (TSUW) def. A. Rengil/India Woods (ALAAMW) 6-4
3. BECKHAM, Mackenzie/VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) def. Beatriz Gutierrez/Rida Khalid (ALAAMW) 6-2
1. KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) def. Beatriz Gutierrez (ALAAMW) 6-1, 6-1
2. Jasmine Boyd (ALAAMW) def. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) 6-1, 6-2
3. Anita Bozhko (ALAAMW) def. VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 6-0, 6-4
4. Rida Khalid (ALAAMW) def. BECKHAM, Mackenzie (TSUW) 6-2, 6-4
5. SOLE, Claudia (TSUW) def. India Woods (ALAAMW) 6-3, 6-4
6. Nthabiseng Mashengo (ALAAMW) def. JOHNSON, Tatyana (TSUW) 6-3, 6-1
Alabama A&M 6-10, 4-2 SWAC
Tennessee State 5-8, 0-2 OVC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,1,4,3,6,5)