TENNESSEE STATE WOMEN (11-4),
vs Bethel - TN (2-9)
Thursday, March 29 | 11 a.m.
Currey Tennis Center| Nashville, Tenn.
*Postponed due to weather
vs SIU - Edwardsville (0-14)
Friday, March 30 | 12 p.m.
SIUE Tennis Courts | Edwardsville, Ill.
vs Eastern Illinois (8-10)
Saturday, March 31 | 2 p.m.
Darling Courts | Charleston, Ill.
STARTING SERVE: The Tennessee State women's tennis team has a packed weekend ahead, beginning Thursday morning when they will host Bethel-TN at the Currey Tennis Center. Soon after, Big Blue will hit the road for a five-hour road trip to Illinois. Friday, the Tigers will play SIU-Edwardsville at noon, followed by Eastern Illinois Saturday in Charleston at 2 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: TSU's women travelled to Huntsville, Ala. for a midweek match against fellow HBCU Alabama A&M. The Tigers walked away with its 11th win of the season, defeating the Bulldogs 5-2.
AAMU won the doubles point, putting a great pressure on the shoulders of TSU as the team tried to break its three-match losing streak. That pressure turned into triumph as Big Blue put up major wins on five of the six singles courts breaking the streak, and repeating last year's 5-2 win over the Bulldogs. Juniors Ani Popiashvili, Pragati Natraj and Abhilasha Vishwanath led the way as sophomore Ashia Jones and freshman Aarushi Kakkar all added wins for the Tigers.
SCOUTING BETHEL-TN: The Wildcats will have its third road match at TSU. Bethel-TN is 0-2 in matches away from home, with its last being Cumberland. The Phoenix dominated Bethel-TN 9-0, giving the Tigers, who beat Cumberland 5-2, a confidence that could push them to a 12-4 overall record.
SCOUTING SIUE: The Cougars have struggled this season as they enter play against Tennessee State winless. Last season, SIUE was undefeated before playing TSU, and defeated Big Blue, 6-1. Raillane Kamdem and Lara Tupper are the only Cougars who have singles victories this spring. Tupper plays at No. 1, while Kamdem plays at No. 2 or No. 3. The Cougars have yet to win a doubles match.
SCOUTING EIU: The Panthers are coming off of a 7-0 loss to Eastern Kentucky, and are 2-1 in conference play. Belmont visits the school before the Tigers, but Big Blue is hoping to dispell the bad taste of last season's 6-1 loss. Sophomore Stella Cliffe plays at No. 1 and sits on a 10-6 dual record in singles. Cliffe and her doubles partner, senior Grace Summers are 9-6 for spring at No. 1. EIU is number two in the conference.
UP NEXT: The women's tennis team will head back to Huntsville, Ala. for an Alabama A&M rematch, Tuesday, April 3 at noon.