HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Dominating doubles play and three singles wins gave the Tennessee State men’s tennis team a 4-3 road victory over Alabama A&M at the Bulldog Tennis Courts on Sunday.
“The men won, but it was an ugly win,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “Conditions were rough, but we battled. We dominated doubles, which was good. Shashank (Nautiyal) played great and dominated in singles and doubles. We have to get contributions from everyone in the lineup, but again, I’m happy with the win.”
Tennessee State (9-12) started strong by taking the doubles point from the Bulldogs (0-15). As the match shifted to singles, TSU won three singles matches to pull out the victory.
Kyle Burton (Madison, Tenn.) and Grant Maddox (Greenbrier, Tenn.) had no trouble in their No. 2 doubles match with a 6-0 win. At No. 3 doubles, Shashank Nautiyal (Delhi, India) and Jorge Rodriguez (Bogota, Colombia) moved to 7-3 on the year with a 6-1 victory. TSU’s No. 1 doubles duo of Amir Daniel (Atlanta, Ga.) and Daniel Bernal (Bogota, Colombia) were leading Shakir Elvin and Nishangan Nadaraja, 4-2 when doubles play ended.
Nautiyal continued his stellar play with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 2 singles. Burton and Maddox also earned straight-set wins at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
Wrapping up the regular season, the Tigers play at Murray State on Tuesday, April 12, before hosting Belmont at Hadley Park on Thursday, April 14.
1. Nishangan Nadaraja/Shakir Elvin (AAMU) vs. DANIEL, Amir/BERNAL, Daniel (TSU) 2-4, unfinished
2. BURTON, Kyle/MADDOX, Grant (TSU) def. Mateo Monroy/Carlos Salas (AAMU) 6-0
3. NAUTIYAL, Shashank/RODRIGUEZ, Jorge (TSU) def. Armando Gray Jr./Jarib Beazer (AAMU) 6-1
1. Nishangan Nadaraja (AAMU) def. BERNAL, Daniel (TSU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
2. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSU) def. Carlos Salas (AAMU) 6-0, 6-2
3. Shakir Elvin (AAMU) def. RODRIGUEZ, Jorge (TSU) 6-2, 6-3
4. BURTON, Kyle (TSU) def. Mateo Monroy (AAMU) 6-2, 7-6
5. MADDOX, Grant (TSU) def. Armando Gray Jr. (AAMU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Jarib Beazer (AAMU) def. DANIEL, Amir (TSU) 6-1, 6-4