Women's Tennis Drops OVC Opener at APSU
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Women's Tennis Drops OVC Opener at APSU

Clarksville, Tenn. --- The Tennessee State women's tennis team dropped its first conference match of the season to Austin Peay, 5-2 Friday morning in Clarksville, Tenn.  

The women are now 10-3 overall, 0-1 OVC, while the Govs improve to 4-2 overall, 1-0 OVC. 

"We played well in singles," said head coach Monroe Walker. "We just have to play with more intensity and focus. Pragati played well. I'm looking forward to playing Murray State tomorrow."

With only one doubles win with Ani Popiashvilli and Pragati Natraj defeating the Govs' Claudia Yanes Garcia and Brittney Covington, 6-0, TSU had a tough start. 

Moving from doubles play, Austin Peay, who entered Friday afternoon on a two-match winning streak, controlled singles until undefeated Pragati Natraj touched the court. Natraj went 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) over local standout Brittney Covington, defending her undefeated title in dual play. 

Big Blue heads to Murray State to take on the Racers Saturday at noon. 

TENNESSEE STATE 2, Austin Peay 5

Singles

1. YANES GARCIA, L (APSU) def. POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) 6-1, 6-1
2. SCHMIDT, Fabienne (APSU) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi (TSUW) 6-1, 6-3
3. KUPPIG, Helena (APSU) def. JONES, Ashia (TSUW) 6-1, 6-2
4. ALBERTSON, Ana (APSU) def. VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
5. NATRAJ, Pragati (TSUW) def. COVINGTON, Brittney (APSU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
6. GANDY, Phoenix (TSUW) def. YANES GARCIA, C (APSU), by default

Doubles

1. YANES GARCIA, L/SCHMIDT, Fabienne (APSU) def. CAGE, Morgan/JONES, Ashia (TSUW) 6-1
2. KUPPIG, Helena/ALBERTSON, Ana (APSU) def. KAKKAR, Aarushi/VISHWANATH, A (TSUW) 6-0
3. NATRAJ, Pragati/POPIASHVILI, Ani (TSUW) def. YANES GARCIA, C/COVINGTON, Brittney (APSU) 6-0

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