SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --- Two singles wins and one doubles victory highlighted the Tennessee State women’s tennis team’s performance on day two versus Missouri State at the Cooper Tennis Complex on Saturday. Freshman Zina Graves (Riverdale, Ga.) and sophomore Ani Popiashvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) paired for the doubles victory and both earned singles wins for the Tigers.
“We came very close in the doubles point,” TSU Head Coach Monroe Walker III said. “We were one point away from getting the point. Ani (Popiashvili) and Zina (Graves) played great to get us the lead. In singles, Ani and Zina fought hard to get the point. We need others to step it up. Ani and Zina are carrying us right now and we need everyone to get wins. It’s a long season and this should show us where we need to be.”
Playing at the top doubles spot, Popiashvili and Graves fought for a 7-5 win over Alye Darter and Phoebe Boeschen. At the third slot, Pragati Natraj (Bangalore, India) and Abhilasha Vishwanath (Bangalore, India) came up just short in a 7-6 (4) defeat.
Going head-to-head with Anelisse Torrico Moreno, Graves had no trouble in a 6-0, 6-2 victory at the top singles position. Also securing a straight-set victory was Popiashvili by a 6-3, 6-1 final score at No. 2 singles.
The Tigers return to action on Oct. 20 for the ITA Regionals in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
1. Ani Popiashvili/Zina Graves (TSU) def. Alye Darter/Phoebe Boeschen (MSU), 7-5
2. Fati Khamissi/Ekaterina Donetskova (MSU) def. Taylor Patterson/Phoenix Gandy (TSU), 6-1
3. Alexia Meyer/Abbey Belote (MSU) def. Pragati Natraj/Abhilasha Vishwanath (TSU), 7-6 (4)
1. Zina Graves (TSU) def. Anelisse Torrico Moreno (MSU), 6-0, 6-2
2. Ani Popiashvili (TSU) def. Fati Khamissi (MSU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Alye Darter (MSU) def. Abhilasha Viswanath (TSU), 6-3, 6-2
4. Phoebe Boeschen (MSU) def. Ashia Jones (TSU), 6-2, 6-0
5. Ekaterina Donetskova (MSU) def. Pragati Natraj (TSU), 6-0, 6-2
6. Alexia Meyer (MSU) def. Phyllicia Hemphill (TSU), 6-4, 6-1