MEAC News: North Carolina Central names Sofia Rachi Women’s Tennis Head Coach

Courtesy of North Carolina Central Athletic Communications DURHAM, N.C. – Director of Athletics Dr. Louis “Skip” Perkins has announced the promotion of Sofia Rachi to head coach of the North Carolina Central women’s tennis program. Rachi served as the NCCU interim women’s tennis head coach in 2022-23 and was an assistant coach for the Eagles for one season prior to that in 2021-22. “Sofia proved that she is the right leader for the NCCU women’s tennis program last season,” Perkins said. “She took over as a young interim coach and immediately had success.…

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Tennessee State men’s tennis gets sixth straight victory

title image via Tennessee State Athletics Courtesy of Stephen Featherston, Assistant Director of Communications NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State men’s tennis team took down Southern Indiana 5-2 on Saturday to win their sixth straight match. The win moves TSU to 10-12 (6-2 Horizon) this spring. TSU started off the match strong as they won 2-of-3 matches in the doubles portion of play to take the early 1-0 lead. Nil Moinet / Pierre Copin earned a 6-0 sweep at line two, while Jonasz Dziopak and Diego Britt-Alvarez won 7-5 in a battle at line three. The Tigers took their momentum in singles…

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SIAC announces yearly tennis honourees

Courtesy of the SIAC Mark Chigaazira of Benedict has been named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Men’s Tennis Player of the Year and headlines the 2023 All-SIAC Team, announced by the league on Saturday.  Gregory Green of Tuskegee was named 2023 SIAC Coach of the Year. The honors were determined by votes from the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. Player of the Year, Mark Chigaazira, Benedict College Mark Chigaazira, a graduate student from Harare, Zimbabwe, was 13-2 overall and 10-1 conference play at the No. 1 singles…

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TSU Women’s Tennis sweeps OVC Weekly Honours

Courtesy of  Stephen Featherston, Assistant Director of Communications NASHVILLE – After winning their first Ohio Valley Conference match in five years this past Saturday, the good news and records continued to fall for the Tennessee State women’s tennis team, as they swept the board in the OVC Weekly Awards as the league announced Wednesday morning. For the first time in program history, the Tigers have not only earned their first-ever OVC Weekly award, but they have earned two awards this week. The doubles duo of Daniela Koleva / Aroa Arrieta Castillo was awarded the OVC Women’s Tennis…

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Norfolk State Tennis blanks Virginia State, 4-0

Courtesy of Alex Lehmbeck, Asst. SID, Norfolk State Athletics 0 VSUM 4 Winner NSUM NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State men’s tennis team earned its third victory of the season on Sunday afternoon, defeating Virginia State 4-0 at NSU Tennis Complex. The Spartans won the opening doubles point with victories at the top two positions. Federico Rebecchini and Boris Lunin defeated Laurence Britt and Joshua Pologne 6-0 at the No. 1 slot, before Ibrahim Abbas and Roosevelt Brown IIIcruised past Jalen Felix and Justin Brown-Russell 6-1 at No. 2. Brown won at No. 6 singles by default, putting the Spartans ahead…

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Week 4 CIAA Tennis Weekly Honorees

Courtesy of the CIAA FOOD LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK Maykayla Ramos, Johnson C. Smith(Fr, 5-2 – Christiansted, V.I.) In her first CIAA competition, Maykayla Ramos handled business in the No.6 slot in singles competition, going 6-0, 4-0 against Livingstone College last week. FOOD LION ROOKIE OF THE WEEK Maykayla Ramos, Johnson C. Smith(Fr, 5-2 – Christiansted, V.I.) In her first CIAA competition, Maykayla Ramos handled business in the No. 6 slot in singles competition, going 6-0, 4-0 against Livingstone College last week.

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Tennessee State women’s tennis gets 4-3 victory over UT Southern

Title image via Joe Masterson Courtesy of Stephen Featherston, Assistant Director of Communications NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State women’s team hosted UT Southern at Hadley Park on Saturday afternoon and picked up a 4-3 win over the Firehawks. The win brings TSU’s spring record to 2-16 (0-1 OVC). The Tigers started off the match in dominating fashion, picking up big wins at lines one and three in doubles play. Warona Mdlulwa / Naomi Von Bose won 6-1 in the No. 1 position, while Daniela Koleva / Aroa Arrieta Castillo won 6-1 at line three.  Franka Sindicic / Jovana Nikolic played a tight match in…

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Albany State Tennis sweeps Point University

Courtesy of Dr. Earnest Brown, Albany State Athletics The Golden Rams tennis team defeated Point University (7-0) this afternoon at the ASU West Campus Tennis Complex.  The Golden Rams improved to (13-4) overall while the Skyhawks fell to (1-8) overall. In doubles play, Natalya Ogunwale and Asia Raulerson won their match (6-1).  Allyah Williams Sumana Panauganti defeated their opponents (7-5).  Bianca Leao and Carla Sorroche won their match by default. In singles, Natalya Ogunwale won her match (6-1 & 6-3).  Bianca Leao  won (6-1 & 6-1).  Carla Sorroche won her match (6-1 & 6-1).  Allyah Williams and Sumana Panauganti won their respective matches by default.

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Tennessee State Men’s Tennis spanked by Belmont in Horizon season opener

Courtesy of Tennessee State Athletics 0 TSUMTN 7 Winner  NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State men’s tennis team traveled across town to take on Belmont on Thursday afternoon as they opened up Horizon League play. The Tigers lost 7-0 to the Bruins to move to 4-11 (0-1 Horizon).  Belmont started off the match by taking the doubles point, picking up a 6-2 win at line one, and a 6-1 win at line three. Daniel Caraballo / Taj Hibbert’s match went unfished as they were tied 5-5.  Diego Britt-Alvarez was the only Tiger to win a set in singles play,…

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Albany State Tennis takes on Point University

The Albany State Golden Rams tennis team will host Point University at 1:00 pm at the ASU West Campus Tennis Complex on Friday, March 24. The Golden Rams are (12-4) overall and (9-2) in the SIAC.  The Skyhawks are (1-7) overall and (1-5) in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. The Golden Rams and Skyhawks last played on February 11, 2023.  On that day, the Golden Rams defeated the Skyhawks (7-0).

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