ATLANTA, Ga. – The Shaw University women's tennis team finished fourth overall at the 17th Annual HBCU National Tennis Championships amongst Division I and Division II institutions hosted by the Southeast Metro Athletic Council at the South Fulton Tennis Center from Thursday-Saturday Sept. 14-16.
Tennessee State took home first place in the women's standings with a total of 25 points while Jackson State and Howard both earned second and third with 20 and 17.5 points, respectively. The Lady Bears accounted for 13.5 total points – good for fourth place and was the only Division II institution to finish top four.
In the women's singles action, all of the Lady Bears made it to the quarterfinal round as senior Daniela Vanko (Montreal, Quebec) suffered a 6-2, 6-4 defeat to Nina Zhang of Jackson State. Senior Marliyn Kamegne (Yaoundé, Cameroon) dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to Ani Popiashili of Tennessee State while junior Cameron Montecon (Madrid, Spain) also loss (6-4, 6-3) to opponent Ayana Rengiil of Alabama A&M. Sophomore Helena Fekete (Belgrade, Serbia) was defeated by Pragati Nattraj of TSU, 6-2, 6-1.
Vanko and Montecon made it to the women's doubles quarterfinal round but suffered an 8-4 setback to TSU.
Regular season action will begin Feb. 11 at Liberty for the Lady Bears. First serve is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. in Lynchburg, Va.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw women's tennis and its 13 varsity sport teams, visit shawbears.com.