TENNESSEE STATE MEN (10-6),
vs ALABAMA A&M (2-5)
Saturday, March 24 | 12 p.m.
Hadley Park | Nashville, Tenn.
*Match canceled due to weather
STARTING SERVE: The Tennessee State men's tennis team will host Alabama A&M at Hadley Park Saturday, March 24 at noon.
LAST TIME OUT: Big Blue travelled to Clarksville, Tennessee for its first Ohio Valley Conference match to come from behind to defeat Austin Peay, 4-3.
The Govs took hold of the doubles point beating TSU on courts one and three, leaving the No. 2 match unfinished. Down 0-3 after the doubles point and Governor wins at No. 1 and No.2 in singles play, the Tigers brought out their claws. Shashank Nautiyal won the first match for TSU, 6-4, 7-5. Stefan Koruga followed up with a 6-2, 6-1 victory on court four, and Tanishq Mahendru tied it at 3-3 with a tiebreaker win, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 5. In the deciding match, freshman Pavle Popovic won the first set, 6-3. Evan Bottorff of APSU took the second set, 1-6, pushing the match to a tiebreaker. With a push to the finish, Popovic went point for point with Indiana-native Bottorff until he pulled ahead and clinched the match, 6-4.
SCOUTING ALABAMA A&M: The Bulldogs are coming off of a 4-1 loss to Alcorn State where Shakir Elvin, a junior majoring in Civil Engineering remained the sole undefeated Bulldog this season. Last season, the AAMU Bulldogs beat the Tigers 4-3 in Huntsville, and are returning eight of the same roster.
UP NEXT: TSU will host Bethel-TN on Thursday, March 29, then hit the road for the near five-hour drive to play Eastern Illinois, Saturday morning.