Southern University women’s tennis swept the first four singles matches to win 4-1 over rival Grambling State Saturday on the Baton Rouge campus.
The Jaguars fell behind 1-0 to the Tigers after dropping the doubles point to open the match. On Court 2, Stephanie Mbaya and D’Jeri Raymond evened the series at 1-1 with a 6-4 win but the Tigers clinched the doubles point after edging Anya King and Nandi Munyulwa 7-6 on Court 3.
Southern responded with four consecutive straight-set wins led by Raymond’s 6-0, 6-1 win in No. 4 singles to help SU draw even with Grambling.
Tanaka Chakenyaka gave the Jaguars a 2-1 lead after taking a 6-2, 6-2 win on Court 1. Rufaro Chiwera added a 6-2, 6-3 win to bring the Jaguars within one point on securing their second straight SWAC win.
After Mbaya grinded out a 7-6 win in Set 1, the Nairobi, Kenya native punctuated the Jaguar win with a 6-0 exclamation point at No. 3 singles to clinch the match.
Southern will shift its focus to facing Prairie View A&M in a rescheduled meeting on Saturday, March 2 in Prairie View, Texas.
Following the road test against the Panthers, The Jaguars will travel to the Big Easy to battle the New Orleans Privateers before heading to Montgomery, Ala. for the Southwestern Athletic Conference East Tennis Roundup to conclude the league’s regular season.