SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --- The Tennessee State women’s tennis team completed day two of the Missouri State Invitational with Pragati Natraj leading the way in the 3 singles draw. The senior made her way to the semifinals with wins over Tagalou of Western Illinois, 6-4, and Garbino of Louisiana Monroe, 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.
Claudia Sole made her way through the number one singles draw finishing 13th by default. Sophomore standout, Aarushi Kakkar will play for fifth place versus fellow-conference athlete Krupa of SEMO.
“Singles action was good today,” said Coach Monroe Walker. “Mackenzie picked up a big win against a starter in our conference. As a freshman, that’s a big win and she dominated. Pragati played great today. She is in great form and her senior leadership is on full display. This fall she has worked on her conditioning and getting stronger and the results are there. To beat two girls who played in the national tournament last year is huge. I look forward to great play tomorrow from all our players.”
Big Blue finishes play at the Missouri State Invitational tomorrow at the Cooper Tennis Complex with matches beginning at 10 a.m.
1 Singles: GOLDIN(MIZ) def. SOLE, Claudia (TSU), 6-2, 7-5
1 Singles: MELNIZKI (WIL) def. SOLE, Claudia (TSU), 6-3, 6-1
1 Singles: SOLE, Claudia def. Alfaro (ULM), default
2 Singles: VAN HEERDEN (UCA) def. VISHWANATH, A. (TSU), 6-2, 6-4
2 Singles: RADU (ULM) def. VISHWANATH, A. (TSU), 6-3, 6-3
2 Singles: KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSU) def. GANDARA GONZALEZ (MSU)
2 Singles: OLIVIERA (MIZ) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSU), 6-4, 6-0
3 Singles: NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) def. TAGALOU (WIL), 6-4, 6-3
3 Singles: NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) def. GARBINO (ULM), 6-4, 3-6, 10-8
3 Singles: MANATAWEEWAT (UCA) def. CAGE, Morgan (TSU), 6-3, 6-3
4 Singles: BECKHAM, Mackenzie (TSU) def. LUNDELL (SEMO), 6-1, 6-1
4 Singles: BOESCHEN (MSU) def. BECKHAM, Mackenzie (TSU), 6-1, 6-3