CHARLESTON, Ill. – The Tennessee State women’s tennis team suffered a 4-0 Ohio Valley Conference loss on the road at Eastern Illinois on Saturday at Darling Courts.
TSU (8-7, 1-5 OVC) got off to a slow start as the Panthers (11-5, 5-1 OVC) took the doubles point. EIU went on to win the top three singles matches to earn the victory.
“Tough day for the ladies,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “We started slowly. Abhilasha (Vishwanath) fought really hard and was up in her match. Pragati (Natraj) lost 10 deuce points that could have gone either way. We are battling and just have to get over the hump. We’ve got to have a great practice week.”
In a back and forth match at No. 4 singles, Abhilasha Vishwanath (Bangalore, India) won the first set by a 6-3 score in her match versus Hannah Kimbrough. The second set was tied at 1-1 when the match ended.
TSU will play three road matches next weekend at Austin Peay on Friday, April 8, at Murray State on Saturday, April 9, and at Alabama A&M on Sunday, April 10.
1. SUMMERS, Grace/KIMBROUGH, Hannah (EIU) def. VISHWANATH, A./NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) 6-1
2. IDEN, Kelly/FOSTER, Ali (EIU) def. GANDY, Phoenix/PATTERSON, Taylor (TSU) 6-1
3. SLARIA, Srishti/STADALNINKAITE, K. (EIU) vs. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia/POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSU) 5-1, unfinished
1. IDEN, Kelly (EIU) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSU) 6-3, 6-1
2. FOSTER, Ali (EIU) def. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) 6-2, 6-1
3. SUMMERS, Grace (EIU) def. GANDY, Phoenix (TSU) 6-2, 6-1
4. KIMBROUGH, Hannah (EIU) vs. VISHWANATH, A. (TSU) 3-6, 1-1, unfinished
5. SLARIA, Srishti (EIU) vs. PATTERSON, Taylor (TSU) 2-1, unfinished
6. CARPENTER, Abby (EIU) vs. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSU) unfinished