MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- In a mid-week matchup that would take the Tennessee State women’s tennis team three hours to the west to take on fellow HBCU LeMoyne-Owen, the Tigers took over in the pro set, winning 7-2.
“LeMoyne-Owen played really well,” said head coach Monroe Walker. “It was a good to play tennis before we head into our weekend matches. LeMoyne is getting stronger every year. They fought well.”
In pro set play, each doubles match counted as a point. Atlanta natives Morgan Cage and Phoenix Gandy paired up at No. 1 to snatch a quick point with an 8-0 win. Freshman Aarushi Kakkar and her partner Abhilasha Vishwanath did the same.
“The girls were very competitive and had great sportsmanship,” said freshman Cage. “They worked hard for every point. Playing them was a fun experience.”
Cage went on to take her first singles win at No. 1 over Naporsha Gilliam, 8-0. She led the way for the remaining Tigers to follow in her lead shutting out the Magicians on all courts.
The women continue play Sunday at 11 a.m. against Alabama State at the Currey Tennis Center.
- CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) def. Gilliam, Naporsha (LMOC) 8-0
- KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) def. Watson, Danesha (LMOC) 8-0
- JONES, Ashia (TSUW) def. French, Timesha (LMOC) 8-0
- VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) def. Davis, Jasmine (LMOC) 8-0
- GANDY, Phoenix (TSUW) def. Sewell, Kendra (LMOC) 8-0
- Banks, Courtney (LMOC) def. No player (TSUW), by default
- GANDY, Phoenix/CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) def. Gilliam, Naporsha/Watson, Danesha (LMOC) 8-0
- VISHWANATH, A/KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) def. French, Timesha/Davis, Jasmine (LMOC) 8-0
- Sewell, Kendra/Banks, Courtney (LMOC) def. No player/No player (TSUW), by default