NASHVILLE --- Senior Pragati Natraj alongside sophomore Aarushi Kakkar took home wins on Senior Day versus Jacksonville State. The women's tennis team completed their season falling 4-2 to Jacksonville State Saturday at Hadley Park.
The match began with a celebration of our seniors, Natraj and Abhilasha Vishwanath, two Tigers who have served the blue and white on and off the court, leading their team in singles and/or doubles and maintaining a perfect 4.0 throughout their undergraduate careers.
Moving into doubles play, the men and women were split between four indoor courts at Hadley Park. The Gamecocks pushed past the Tigers defeating Big Blue on court one, 6-3, and court two, 6-2.
Playing to clinch, Natraj eased through her singles match, defeating Alessia Locati and her consistent underhand serve, 6-3, 6-1. Kakkar, on the otherhand, fought through her seventh three-set match of the season after dropping her second set, 6-2. The Chandigarh, India native, and singles-victory leader adjusted her way through the final set, defeating Harriet Hamilton, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
Senior Vishwanath at No. 3, competed but eventually fell to Malin Buechner, 6-1, 6-2, tying the score at 2-2.
The final three to play combined for eight total won games, allowing Jax State to win on Senior Day.
The Tigers end their season with a 5-14, 0-8 OVC record.
TENNESSEE STATE 2, JACKSONVILLE STATE 4
1. KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) def. HAMILTON, Harriet (JSUW) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
2. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) def. LOCATI, Alessia (JSUW) 6-3, 6-1
3. BUECHNER, Malin (JSUW) def. VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 6-1, 6-2
4. CONEJERO, Alba (JSUW) def. BECKHAM, Mackenzie (TSUW) 6-1, 6-3
5. TENDERO, Elena (JSUW) def. SOLE, Claudia (TSUW) 6-3, 6-1
6. JONES, Ashia (TSUW) vs. MOLL ALLES, Cristina (JSUW) 1-3, unfinished
1. CONEJERO, Alba/BUECHNER, Malin (JSUW) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi/CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) 6-3
2. MOLL ALLES, Cristina/KAYA, Balsen (JSUW) def. NATRAJ, Pragati/SOLE, Claudia (TSUW) 6-2
3. VISHWANATH, A/BECKHAM, Mackenzie (TSUW) vs. HAMILTON, Harriet/TENDERO, Elena (JSUW) unfinished