NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men's and women's tennis teams headed to Nashboro Village to take on Belmont indoors Saturday afternoon. The women's team kicked off their match at noon, falling 6-1 to the Bruins, before the men took to the courts at 3 p.m., closing the day with a 7-0 loss.
Belmont worked through doubles play quickly, allowing just four games on the women's side, and a combined seven on the men's.
Aarushi Kakkar, the singles victories leader for the women's team, added to her stat line as she defeated Drew Hawkins at No. 1, 7-6, 6-4, marking the sole win for Big Blue. Kakkar is now 8-7 on the season, 6-6 at No. 1.
Freshman Juan Rojas Antezana forced three sets at No. 3 after winning the first, 6-3. BU's Joan Valy rounded out the match 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), defeating Antezana for another Belmont point.
The loses leave Tennessee State at the bottom of the Ohio Valley Conference with zero league wins.
The men return to action April 19 in Cookeville, Tennessee to take on conference leaders Tennessee Tech, who are tied for first with Jacksonville State and Belmont.
TENNESSEE STATE WOMEN 1, BELMONT 6
1. Erin Allen/Peyton Lee (BELW) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi/CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) 6-2
2. Lauren Carelli/Drew Hawkins (BELW) vs. NATRAJ, Pragati/SOLE, Claudia (TSUW) 5-1, unfinished
3. Maria Plaksina/Terra Sheldon (BELW) def. VISHWANATH, A/BECKHAM, Mackenzie (TSUW) 6-1
1. KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) def. Drew Hawkins (BELW) 7-6, 6-4
2. Peyton Lee (BELW) def. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) 6-1, 6-4
3. Erin Allen (BELW) def. VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 7-5, 6-3
4. Maria Plaksina (BELW) def. BECKHAM, Mackenzie (TSUW) 6-1, 6-2
5. Terra Sheldon (BELW) def. SOLE, Claudia (TSUW) 6-4, 6-2
6. Sarah Brackin (BELW) def. JONES, Ashia (TSUW) 6-2, 6-2
Tennessee State 5-13, 0-7 OVC
Belmont 12-6, 5-1 OVC
TENNESSEE STATE MEN 0, BELMONT 7
1. Marko Ilic/Joan Valy (BELM) def. KORUGA, Stefan/MISDRACHIS, Leandros (TSUM) 6-2
2. Hendrik Inno/Zak Khan (BELM) def. KAZIJEVS, Maksims/ROJAS ANTEZANA, Juan (TSUM) 6-3
3. Grant Kelly/Jake Briggs (BELM) def. SLOAN, Larry/GONZALEZ, Alberto (TSUM) 6-2
1. Hendrik Inno (BELM) def. KORUGA, Stefan (TSUM) 6-1, 6-1
2. Marko Ilic (BELM) def. MISDRACHIS, Leandros (TSUM) 6-1, 6-1
3. Joan Valy (BELM) def. ROJAS ANTEZANA, Juan (TSUM) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6
4. Zak Khan (BELM) def. KAZIJEVS, Maksims (TSUM) 6-0, 6-3
5. Jake Briggs (BELM) def. SLOAN, Larry (TSUM) 6-1, 6-1
6. David Faulkner (BELM) def. RICHARDSON, Kato (TSUM) 6-1, 6-4
Tennessee State Men 5-9, 0-3 OVC
Belmont 11-9, 3-1 OVC