Murfreesboro, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State men’s tennis team continued play in the Coach Dick Lalance Showdown in Murfreesboro, Tennessee against the Troy Trojans Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.
TSU began doubles play with Grant Maddox and Pavle Popovic losing in the No. 1 slot 6-2. The Tigers would bounce back with an 6-3 No. 2 win from the team of Tanishq Mahendru and Shashank Nautiyal.
In singles, Pavle Popovic carried out the only win for the Tigers, defeating Troy’s Sam Bird in the No. 4 slot 7-5, 6-2. Three other Tigers had tough matches before falling to three of Troy’s veteran team, Maddox playing at No. 1, Nautiyal playing at No. 2, Mahendru playing at No. 3 and Popvic playing at No. 4.
1. Mustapha Belcora/Andres Romero (Troy) def. Grant Maddox/Pavle Popovic (TSU) 6-2
2. Tanishq Mahendru/Shashank Nautiyal (TSU) def. Christopher Tasker/Shoaz Peeran (Troy) 6-3
1. Mustapha Belcora (Troy) def. Grant Maddox (TSU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Christopher Tasker (Troy) def. Shashank Nautiyal (TSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
3. Andres Romero (Troy) def. Tanishq Mahendru (TSU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Pavle Popovic (TSU) def. Sam Bird (Troy) 7-5, 6-2
UP NEXT: The Tigers will continue play at the Coach Lalance Showdown. Big Blue will face Belmont on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m back at the Adams Tennis Complex.