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Women's Tennis Begins Conference Play
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Women's Tennis Begins Conference Play

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s tennis team dropped a pair of home matches, one to Graceland and one to UT Martin in the OVC opener, while the squad’s final two matches of the weekend on Sunday were canceled due to rain.

Against Graceland, TSU’s doubles team Victoria Haynes and Trinity Randolph defeated their opponents, 9-7, but the Tigers lost the point when the Jackets’ Melynda Simmons and Sofia Jaramillo escaped Jade Daniels and Adrianne Pressley, 8-5.

In singles, the teams split the points for the No. 1 and No. 2 players; Randolph won, 6-4, 6-2, but Haynes fell, 6-2, 6-1.

Graceland closed the match by winning the last three singles points to take the match, 6-1.

Later on Saturday, the Tigers took on UT Martin and dropped the doubles point when Randolph and Daniels lost, 8-0, and Haynes and Attallah Eiland fell, 8-2.

Martin’s Ivon Simic defeated Haynes, 6-2, 6-1 in the top singles spot and Hitomi Naito beat Randolph, 6-1, 6-0.

The match ended when Daniels was bested, 6-0, 6-1 and Pressley was outdone, 6-0, 6-3.

The Tigers will hit the road for a pair of OVC matchups when they take on Murray State on March 22 and Austin Peay the next day.

1. Victoria Haynes and Trinity Randolph (TSU) def. Jessica Worring and Zahra Otmany (Graceland), 9-7
2. Melynda Simmons and Sofia Jaramillo (Graceland) def. Jade Daniels and Adrianne Pressley, 8-5
3. TSU doesn't have a third team

1. Jessica Worring (Graceland) def. Victoria Haynes (TSU), 6-2, 6-1
2. Tiffany Randolph (TSU) def. Zahra Otmany (Graceland), 6-4, 6-2
3. Melynda Simmons (Graceland) def. Jade Daniels (TSU), 6-0, 6-2
4. Karina Cardiel (Graceland) def. Attalah Eiland (TSU), Retire
5. Sofia Jaramillo (Graceland) def. Adrianne Pressley (TSU), 1-1 retired
6. TSU doesn't have a sixth player

UT Martin:
Singles competition
1. SIMIC, Ivon (UTM) def. HAYNES, Victoria (TSU) 6-2, 6-1
2. NAITO, Hitomi (UTM) def. RANDOLPH, Trinity (TSU) 6-1, 6-0
3. TARI, Burcu (UTM) def. DANIELS, Jade (TSU) 6-0, 6-1
4. McCALL, Katie (UTM) def. EILAND, Attallah (TSU) 6-2, retired
5. NICOLE, Florence (UTM) def. PRESSLEY, Adrianne (TSU) 6-0, 6-3
6. CANDELORO, Sarah (UTM) def. No player (TSU), by walkover

Doubles competition
1. SIMIC, Ivon/CANDELORO, Sarah (UTM) def. DANIELS, Jade/RANDOLPH, Trinity (TSU) 8-0
2. NAITO, Hitomi/McCALL, Katie (UTM) def. EILAND, Attallah/HAYNES, Victoria (TSU) 8-2
3. TARI, Burcu/NICOLE, Florence (UTM) def. No player/No player (TSU), by walkover