NASHVILLE --- Friday evening at the Vanderbilt Currey Tennis Center, the Tennessee State tennis teams competed against the Christian Brothers Buccaneers.
“It was really good to get out and play some good competition,” said coach Monroe Walker. “CBU is a good team and we were pushed. All the women competed hard and dominated today. We are all playing well and I’ve seen the best chemistry we’ve ever had. Aarushi played well at one and Pragati showed leadership playing one doubles with a true freshman.”
The Tigers picked up wins at all positions, marking the first doubles victory for Mackenzie Beckham in blue and white, as well as a number two singles win for Claudia Sole.
“The men played well. We have some work to do, and this should show us where we need to be. We got some good wins. Kato and Leandros played singles really well and had great effort and body language today. Once the entire team gets that same energy, we will be ready to go,” said Walker.
Big Blue picked up two doubles wins over the Bucs with newcomers Leandros Misdrachis and Maksims Kazijevs playing alongside veterans in Stefan Koruga and Kato Richardson, respectively. Singles play proved difficult for TSU, as CBU took home the victories from courts one, three and four; Richardson and Misdrachis recording the sole singles wins for Big Blue.
TENNESSEE STATE WOMEN vs. Christian Brothers (No Team Score)
NATRAJ, Pragati/BECKHAM, Mackenzie (TSU) def. AUBRETS MACIA, Judit/BRAZUELO, Laura (CBU), 7-5
CAGE, Morgan/JONES, Ashia (TSU) def. PRITCHARD, Shay/WOOTEN, Nellina (CBU), 6-0
KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSU) def. AUBRETS MACIA, Judit (CBU), 6-1, 6-1
SOLE, Claudia (TSU) def. BRAZUELO, Laura (CBU), 7-5, 6-0
VISHWANATH, Abhilasha (TSU) def. PRITCHARD, Shay (CBU), 6-1, 6-3
NATRAJ, Pragati (TSU) def. WOOTEN, Nellina (CBU), 6-0, 6-0
JONES, Ashia (TSU) def. PEARSON, Tia (CBU), 6-0, 6-0
TENNESSEE STATE MEN vs. Christian Brothers (No Team Score)
MISDRACHIS, Leandros/KORUGA, Stefan (TSU) def. JOHNSON, Philip/FLORES, Atilio (CBU), 6-3
RICHARDSON, Kato/KAZIJEVS, Maksims (TSU) def. COX, Cory/SAEZ, Javier (CBU), 6-3
CHABAUD, Paul (CBU) def. KAZIJEVS, Maksims (TSU), 6-2, 6-1
MISDRACHIS, Leandros (TSU) def. SAEZ, Javier(CBU), 4-6, 6-3, 10-5
FLORES, Atilio (CBU) def. KORUGA, Stefan (TSU), 6-4, 2-6, 10-5
REID, Alonso (CBU) def. SLOAN, Larry (TSU), 6-0, 6-2
RICHARDSON, Kato (TSU) def. CALZACORTA, Andres (CBU), 8-7