NASHVILLLE – The Tennessee State tennis teams fell to Eastern Illinois Saturday morning for another Ohio Valley Conference match at Hadley Park. The men’s team fell 4-0 and the women’s team, 5-2.
Eastern Illinois worked through doubles, sweeping the Tigers on each of the three courts for men. Pragati Natraj and Claudia Sole combined for the sole doubles win for Big Blue, defeating the Panthers on court two, 6-2. However, EIU wins at No. 1 and 3 awarded the team with a 1-0 advantage moving into singles play.
As the men were playing to clinch, three wins at No. 1,2 and 3 ended the day for the Tiger men as Leandros Misdrachis suffered a loss on court one, 6-2, 6-1. Stefan Koruga pushed for a tiebreaker in set one, eventually giving the Panthers its third point of the afternoon, falling, 7-5(7-5), 6-4. Newcomer Juan Rojas Antezana won a total of six games in the 6-4, 6-2 loss at No.3.
Junior Ashia Jones and freshman Sole defeated each of their opponents, marking the only singles wins for Tennessee State of the morning. Jones captured her win at No. 6 easily, 6-2, 6-3. Sole forced a tiebreaker set after dropping set one, 5-7 and coming back for a 6-4 win. In an exhilarating final 10 points, Sole clinched the match in extra points, 12-10.
The Tigers return to the court to take on crosstown rival Belmont, Saturday, April 13 at Centennial Sportsplex.
TENNESSEE STATE MEN 0, EASTERN ILLINOIS 4
1. JANSEN, Mike/DE WILDER, Gertjan (EIU) def. MISDRACHIS, Leandros/KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 6-3
2. HERNANDEZ, Daniel/KINGSMITH, Gage (EIU) def. ROJAS ANTEZANA, Juan/KAZIJEVS, Maksims (TSUM) 6-2
3. O'BRIEN, Freddie/CHARBONNEAU, Logan (EIU) def. SLOAN, Larry/GONZALEZ, Alberto (TSUM) 6-0
1. O'BRIEN, Freddie (EIU) def. MISDRACHIS, Leandros (TSUM) 6-2, 6-1
2. JANSEN, Mike (EIU) def. KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
3. HERNANDEZ, Daniel (EIU) def. ROJAS ANTEZANA, Juan (TSUM) 6-4, 6-2
4. KAZIJEVS, Maksims (TSUM) vs. KINGSMITH, Gage (EIU) 1-6, 0-1, unfinished
5. SLOAN, Larry (TSUM) vs. DE WILDER, Gertjan (EIU) 1-3, unfinished
6. CHARBONNEAU, Logan (EIU) vs. RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) no result
Eastern Illinois 11-13, 0-3 OVC
Tennessee State Men 5-8, 0-2 OVC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,3,2)
TENNESSEE STATE WOMEN 2, EASTERN ILLINOIS 5
1. PAPAVASILOPOULOS, R./CONTRERAS, Karla (EIU) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi/CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) 6-4
2. SOLE, Claudia/NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) def. ANDERSON, Shelby/MARTIN, Claire (EIU) 6-2
3. SLARIA, Srishti/CARPENTER, Abby (EIU) def. VISHWANATH, A/BECKHAM, Mackenzie (TSUW) 6-3
1. PAPAVASILOPOULOS, R. (EIU) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) 7-5, 6-1
2. CONTRERAS, Karla (EIU) def. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) 6-2, 6-1
3. ANDERSON, Shelby (EIU) def. VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
4. MARTIN, Claire (EIU) def. BECKHAM, Mackenzie (TSUW) 6-3, 6-4
5. SOLE, Claudia (TSUW) def. SLARIA, Srishti (EIU) 5-7, 6-4, 12-10
6. JONES, Ashia (TSUW) def. CARPENTER, Abby (EIU) 6-2, 6-3
Eastern Illinois 10-7, 2-2 OVC
Tennessee State 5-11, 0-5 OVC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,6,5)
Official: Jim Philpot 1479