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Women's Tennis Dominates Mississippi Valley
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Women's Tennis Dominates Mississippi Valley
Photo by Sam Jordan- TSU Athletics

The Tennessee State women’s tennis team swept Mississippi Valley State on Saturday afternoon, securing a 7-0 victory as well as a 6-0 win at the Hadley Park Bubble in the spring home opener.

“The ladies played well,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “We were aggressive and controlled the court. We have been working really hard this week and results showed today. We have a big match Thursday and we need to keep the momentum going.”

Taylor Patterson and Ashia Jones picked up a 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles, and Pragati Natraj and Abhilasha Vishwanath earned an identical 6-0 victory at No. 2 doubles. The third doubles match consisted of Ani Popiashvili and Phyllicia Hemphill went on to capture the doubles sweep with a 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles.

Playing at the top single slot, Popiashvili was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Shaneka Hubbard. The other five singles matches went to TSU by scores of 6-0, 6-0. Patterson defeated Rita Gyasi at No. 2 6-1, 6-0, while Jones picked up her third singles win this season. Vishwanath, Natraj, and Hemphill won by the same 6-0, 6-0 scores in their matches at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

In the second match of the day the Tigers went on to win 6-0 in singles. Four Tigers won by 6-0, 6-0 scores. Popiashvili and Vishwanath were two of the four players winning by that score at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Hemphill and Natraj also did not lose a game at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Patterson and Jones would drop a game in the first set before winning 6-1 and going on to win the second set 6-0.

The Tigers are back in action on Feb. 23 against Cumberland.

TSU 7 MVSU 0

 Singles competition

  1. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) def. HUBBARD, Shaneka (MVSU) 6-0, 6-0
  2. PATTERSON, Taylor (TSUW) def. GYASI,Rita (MVSU) 6-1, 6-0
  3. JONES, Ashia (TSUW) def. NEWPORT, Sydney (MVSU) 6-0, 6-0
  4. VISWANATH, Abhilasha (TSUW) def. BALBAO,Mariana (MVSU) 6-0, 6-0
  5. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) def. COLE,DeAlma (MVSU) 6-0, 6-0
  6. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSUW) def. MAY, Jailynn (MVSU) 6-0, 6-0

 Doubles competition

  1. PATTERSON, Taylor/JONES, Ashia (TSUW) def. GYASI,Rita/NEWPORT, Sydney (MVSU) 6-0
  2. VISWANATH, Abhilasha/NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) def. COLE,DeAlma/HUBBARD, Shaneka (MVSU) 6-0
  3. POPIASHVILI, Ani/HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSUW) def. BALBAO,Mariana/MAY, Jailynn (MVSU) 6-1

TSU 6 MVSU 0

Singles competition

  1. PATTERSON, Taylor (TSUW) def. GYASI,Rita (MVSU) 6-1, 6-0
  2. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) def. HUBBARD, Shaneka (MVSU) 6-0, 6-0
  3. VISWANATH, Abhilasha (TSUW) def. BALBAO,Mariana (MVSU) 6-0, 6-0
  4. JONES, Ashia (TSUW) def. NEWPORT, Sydney (MVSU) 6-1, 6-0
  5. HEMPHILL, Phyllicia (TSUW) def. COLE,DeAlma (MVSU) 6-0, 6-0
  6. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) def. MAY, Jailynn (MVSU) 6-0, 6-0

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