NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men's tennis team dropped its third match of the weekend, 5-2 against the Alabama State Hornets on Sunday morning at the Currey Tennis Center.
Big Blue drops to 6-4, as the Hornets (1-6) take home its first win of the season.
The day began with the doubles point, which the Hornets quickly clinched on court one and three. Veterans Larry Sloan and Kato Richardson finished 4-6 on court one, leaving the doubles point in the hands of freshmen Pavle Popovic and Stefan Koruga, who fell 6-3 to a pair of Hornets from fellow freshmen, Chris Andre/Alexis Collard.
Continuing onto singles, the Tigers had some hard matchups and had to fight for each point against the Hornets.
The singles points went to TSU after Shashank Nautiyal won 6-1, 6-0 on court two. ASU took the next point on court one, followed by a Tiger point on court three, where Koruga beat Carl-Louis Luckmann in a tie-breaker, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.
Tied at 2-2, the match would be left to the final courts. First, ASU's Chris Andre took court five 6-2, 6-2 downing Richardson. Alexis Collard clinched the match, beating out Pavle Popovic 6-1, 7-5 at No. 4.
Next up, the men's team will host MVSU in a doubleheader Friday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m., and again at 5 p.m. at Centennial.
TSU 2, Alabama State 5
1. Ion Efrim (ALST) def. SLOAN, Larry (TSUM) 6-0, 6-2
2. NAUTIYAL, Shashank (TSUM) def. Andrej Trajkovski (ALST) 6-1, 6-0
3. KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) def. Carl-Louis Luckmann (ALST) 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
4. Alexis Collard (ALST) def. POPOVIC, Pavle (TSUM) 6-1, 7-5
5. Chris Andre (ALST) def. RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) 6-2, 6-2
6. Alejo Calvis (ALST) def. MAHENDRU, Tanishq (TSUM) 6-3, 6-4
1. SLOAN, Larry/RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) def. Andrej Trajkovski/Alejo Calvis (ALST) 6-4
2. Ion Efrim/Carl-Louis Luckmann (ALST) def. NAUTIYAL, Shashank/MAHENDRU, Tanishq (TSUM) 6-3
3. Chris Andre/Alexis Collard (ALST) def. POPOVIC, Pavle/KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,1,3,5,4,6)