MURFREESBORO, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State women’s tennis team kicked off the first day of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship Presented by Oracle with a number of strong performances at the Adams Tennis Complex. Big Blue earned five singles victories.
Newcomer Aarushi Kakkar is the first Tiger to ever win a main draw singles match in program history, and she did so against IUPUI's Mariella Pessina, 6-0, 6-1. Pragati Natraj, ranked 13 in B Flight singles, accounted for one of TSU’s singles victories. She defeated Lipscomb's Katerina Kandyba, 6-4, 6-4. Ashia Jones won her B flight singles match, 6-0, 6-2, as did Abhilasha, 7-5, 6-2.
"The girls played well today," said Head Coach Monroe Walker III. "We got off to a slow start in doubles but picked it up in singles play. Aarushi got the first win in program history in main flight of A singles. Pragati and Abhilasha have been putting in extra work after practice and it showed. Ashia dominated today as well. I'm hoping to get good results tomorrow in doubles to match singles. Compared to last year we are playing better. We aren't nervous and we came out strong."
Main Draw Singles
Sarah Swiderski (Ball State) def. Ani Popiashvili(TSU), 6-2, 6-3
Aarushi Kakkar(TSU) def. Mariella Pessina (IUPUI), 6-0, 6-1
Main Draw Doubles
Ioanna Markesini/Alory Pereira (ETSU) def. Ani Popiashvili/Pragati Natraj(TSU), 8-2
B Flight Singles
Abhilasha Vishwanath(TSU) def. Nikki Christenson(Belmont), 7-5, 6-2
#13 Pragati Natraj(TSU) def. Katerina Kandyba (Lipscomb), 6-4, 6-4
Ashia Jones (TSU) def. Hayley Trinkle(IUPUI), 6-0, 6-2
Ana Albertson(APSU) def. Phoenix Gandy(TSU), 6-4, 6-3
Mizuki Sakurai(UT Martin) def. Morgan Cage(TSU), 6-2, 6-1
B Flight Doubles
Ana Albertson/Helena Kuppig(APSU) def. Aarushi Kakkar/Abhilasha Vishwanath, 8-4