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Women's Tennis Has Hot Start on Day One of HBCU Invitational
Friday, September 16, 2016
Women's Tennis Has Hot Start on Day One of HBCU Invitational

ATLANTA -- The Tennessee State women’s tennis team opened the fall campaign with a great first day at the annual HBCU Tennis Championships at the Clayton County Tennis Center on Thursday.

In the individual tournament format, TSU players registered nine singles victories on day one.

Seeing her first collegiate action, freshman Zina Graves went 2-0 on the day in A Flight singles play. Graves took down Jackson State’s Lucia Solis, 6-1, 6-3 in the first round. Moving onto the round of 16, Graves defeated number five-seeded Bianca Birkenstock from Alcorn State by a 6-4, 6-4 final score to advance to the quarterfinals.

Ani Popiashuili won two matches in Flight B after a bye in the round of 32. In the first round Ella Perinovic won her first match against Victoria Izakova of Benedict College before dropping her second match.

The Tigers won four of its nine matches in Flight C on the first day. Freshman Ashia Jones got her first collegiate win in her first match. Phyllicia Hemphill got a win before taking the number one-seeded Olivia Pelham to three sets.

The HBCU Championships continue tomorrow and are scheduled to conclude this weekend.

A Flight Singles
Round of 32 – Zina Graves(TSI) def. Lucia Solis(Jackson State), 6-1, 6-3
Round of 32 – Stephanie Mbaya(Southern) def. Taylor Patterson(TSU), 6-2, 6-2
Round of 16 – Zina Graves(TSU) def. Bianca Birkenstock(Alcorn), 6-4, 6-4

B Flight Singles
Round of 32 – Ella Perinovic(TSU) def. Victoria Izakova(Benedict), 6-0, 6-0
Round of 32 – Ani Popiashuili(TSU) def. Rida Khalid(Alabama A&M), 6-4, 6-2
Round of 32 – Matea Roki(BCU) def. Phoenix Gandy(TSU), 6-4, 6-3
Round of 16 – Tanaka Chakanyuka(Southern) def. Ella Perinovic(TSU), 6-3, 6-3
Round of 16 – Ani Popiashuili(TSU) def. (NC A&T player) 6-0, 6-4

C Flight Singles
Round of 32 – Ashia Jones(TSU) def. Chloe Gaurreau-Dredge(Jackson State), 6-0, 6-0
Round of 32 – Abhilasha Vishwanath(TSU) def. Maddison Brackenreg(Alcorn), 6-1, 6-0
Round of 32 – Pragati Natraj(TSU) def. D’jeri Raymond(Southern), 6-1, 6-0
Round of 32 – Phyllicia Hemphill(TSU) def. Taylor Wilson(Tuskegee), 6-0, 6-0
Round of 16 – #1Olivia Pelham(Howard) def. Phyllicia Hemphill(TSU), 6-7, 6-4, 10-6
Round of 16 – Danna Galeano(Grambling) def. Ashia Jones(TSU), 4-6, 7-6, 10-5
Round of 16 – Kanishka Chawla(NC A&T) def. Abhilasha Vishwanath(TSU), 4-6, 6-4, 10-4