Virginia State University’s Zaire Simmons, Brittany Uzzell, and Head Coach Linda Person all received CIAA Women’s Tennis Players of the Week Honors for the week ending on March 11th. Simmons was named Player of the Week, Uzzell was named Rookie of the Week, and Coach Person was named Coach of the Week.
Zaire Simmons (So./Sandys, Bermuda) remained undefeated on the season at No. 2 singles with wins over Bowie State and Lincoln this past weekend on the campus of Virginia State University. She defeated Lincoln’s Sharmain Henderson (6-0, 6-0) and Bowie State’s Antonique Johnson (6-1, 6-2). She extends her undefeated streak to four matches.
Brittany Uzzell (Fr./Prince George, VA) competed in the No. 3 singles for the Trojans and shut out her two opponents this past weekend. She won 6-0, 6-0 against both Lincoln’s Haley Hendricks and Bowie State’s Channae Manning. Uzzell improves to 4-1 on the season.
Linda Person and her Trojans held the Lincoln (PA) Lady Lions scoreless in all matches on their way to a 9-0 victory. They also swept Bowie State, 9-0. Virginia State remains undefeated with a 6-0 record. Both the Lady Lions and Lady Bulldogs were held scoreless in singles and doubles play as each Trojan won 6-0 (singles) and 8-0 (doubles).
After their first loss of the season, the Trojans went on to shut out both St. Augustine’s and Fayetteville State 5-0 on Saturday, March 16th at the CIAA Round-Up.
Virginia State suffered their first defeat of the season by the Lady Bears of Shaw University 5-4 at the Hawks Tennis Complex on the campus of Chowan University on March 15th.
The No. 3 doubles duo of Sharmane Tonkins and Kayla Kale defeated Shaw’s Menel Ben-Cheikh and Desiree Bell, 8-0. Virginia State dropped the first two doubles matches 8-2 and 8-4.
The Trojans came up short in the first two singles matches. No.1 singles, Amanda Spencer lost 6-2, 6-1 and Zaire Simmons fell 6-1, 6-0. VSU’s Brittany Uzzell defeated Michelle Hart in No.3 singles 6-4, 7-5. Shaw won the No. 4 singles with a 7-5, 6-3 score against VSU’s Nakesha Harry.
Virginia State battled back as Sharmane Tonkins won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5, and Kayla Kay’s 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 6. Shaw issued the Trojans their first loss of the season with a 5-4 victory.
The Trojans took on St. Augustine’s on Saturday, March 16th and won 5-0. Amanda Spencer and Zaire Simmons teamed up to defeat St. Aug’s No.1 doubles duo 8-3. Nakesha Harry and Sharmane Tonkins won 8-0 in No. 2 doubles against Morris and Fisher of St. Aug’s.
Zaire Simmons picked up a win in No. 2 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Nakesha Harry won by default at No. 3 singles, while Kayla Kale blanked her opponent in No.5 singles 6-0, 6-0.
In their final match of the weekend, Virginia State took on Fayetteville State. The Trojans won 5-0 as the teams only played in singles competition. Amanda Spencer won 8-1 in No. 1 singles while Zaire Simmons, Nakesha Harry, Sharmane Tonkins, and Kayla Kale all won 8-0 to sweep the Lady Broncos.