NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State women's tennis team topped the IUPUI Jaguars, 5-2, at the Currey Tennis Center Sunday afternoon. The Tigers improve to 10-1 on the season, while the Jags drop to 3-8. The women are now on a four-match winning streak.
The blue and white stole the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. Ani Popiashvili and Pragati Natraj posted the first win for TSU defeating Molly Nguyen and Marina Schneiger 6-1. With a loss on court one, Abhilashsa Vishwanath and Aarushi Kakkar needed to pull out a win for the doubles point, and after going 7-6, the duo had to win the tiebreaker. The pair went 7-3, taking the doubles point giving enough energy to help the team through singles.
With the momentum from doubles, Kakkar flew through her singles match on court three, beating Mariella Pessina, 6-2, 6-1. The next TSU win came from Vishwanath on court four, 6-1, 6-1. Natraj, who is undefeated in singles on the season, added another win at No. 6 over Marina Schneiger, 6-0, 6-0, clinching the win. Sophomore Ashia Jones closed the day with a comeback win over Molly Nguyen 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
The Tigers have a week break before ending its homestand with Detroit Mercy, March 5 at the Currey Tennis Center at 3 p.m.
TENNESSEE STATE 5, IUPUI 2
1. Valeriia Lavrenchuk (IUPUI) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) 6-1, 6-4
2. Krystal Grubb (IUPUI) def. CAGE, Morgan (TSUW) 6-2, 6-3
3. KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) def. Mariella Pessina (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-1
4. VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) def. Samantha Mayer (IUPUI) 6-1, 6-1
5. JONES, Ashia (TSUW) def. Molly Nguyen (IUPUI) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
6. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) def. Marina Schneiger (IUPUI) 6-0, 6-0
1. Valeriia Lavrenchuk/Krystal Grubb (IUPUI) def. CAGE, Morgan/JONES, Ashia (TSUW) 6-4
2. KAKKAR, Aarushi/VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) def. Mariella Pessina/Samantha Mayer (IUPUI) 7-6 (7-3)
3. NATRAJ, Pragati/POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) def. Molly Nguyen/Marina Schneiger (IUPUI) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,4,1,6,5)