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2017-18 Women's Tennis Season in Review
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
2017-18 Women's Tennis Season in Review


  • Tennessee State tennis finished the 2017-18 season 13-16 overall including a 1-8 run in the Ohio Valley Conference, finishing ninth in the league.
  • The Tigers finished the season 6-13 at home, 7-3 on the road - four of the matches on neutral grounds.
  • After his fourth year at the helm, Coach Monroe Walker is 31-50, 4-34 OVC, leading the Tigers to its most winningest season in recent history.
  • The women’s team performed a repeat at the HBCU Invitational Championship, winning the title two years in a row. Pragati Natraj defended her title as the C Flight singles champion. Natraj joined Ani Popiashvili to do the same for B Flight doubles.
  • The team made its second appearance at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships, giving freshman Aarushi Kakkar the chance to make program history by defeating IUPUI’s Mariella Pessina, 6-0, 6-1, in a main draw singles match - the first main draw singles match to be won by a Tiger. 
  • Big Blue held its longest winning streak at the beginning of the season with six wins – all but one of the matches away from Nashville.
  • TSU took down the SIUE Cougars in its sole conference win of the season, 4-3 at home.  
  • Pragati Natraj and Abhilasha Vishwanath shared the Top Female Academic Excellence Award for the highest GPA among female student-athletes. Senior Ani Popiashvili joined Natraj and Vishwanath as they all received Academic Awards.
  • In the fall, the women’s team earned the highest team GPA of women’s small sports with a 3.822 average. Every student-athlete earned a spot on the President’s List (4.0 GPA) or AD’s List (3.25-3.99).
  • Pragati Natraj was awarded team Most Valuable Player by Coach Walker.
  • Leaders:
    • Singles – Pragati Natraj: 26-4 overall, 19-3 dual, 7-1 tour., 8-1 OVC
    • Doubles – Pragati Natraj and Ani Popiashvili: 17-6 overall, 12-5 dual, 5-1 tour., 3-3 OVC
    • Doubles: Individuals – Pragati Natraj: 18-6 overall, 13-5 dual, 5-1 tour. 3-3 OVC