Q&A: Tennis coaches preview upcoming tournament

By Zack Kirby, Chattanooga, Tenn., – With the UTC Steve Baras Fall Classic tournament approaching, the men and women’s tennis teams are preparing for their only home tournament at the Champions Club from Oct. 3-5. Head men’s coach Carlos Garcia and head women’s coach Jeff Clark discussed what their respective teams need to do in order […]

Transfer students plan to add spark for men’s tennis

Taylor Branch, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Sophomore Nic Wilson, Bristol, Tenn., and junior Nick Wingord, Buenos Aires, Argentina, are no strangers to success when it comes to the tennis court. Wilson, who transferred from Virginia Tech, led Bristol High School to a state title as a sophomore. According to TennisRecruiting.net, he was a four-star high school recruit. […]

Men’s tennis opened season at Mercer Bear Classic

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By John Mitchell, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Head coach Carlos Garcia and his men’s tennis team opened their season at the Mercer Bear Classic over the weekend, and saw two members advance to main draw finals. “I’m excited about who we have returning this year, along with the new guys coming in,” Garcia said. “It’s created a […]

Former tennis player adjusts to new coaching position

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By Miles McNulty, Chattanooga, Tenn., — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student assistant coach Ankit Chopra is taking on a different role this year in the men’s tennis program. Chopra transferred from Chicago State and played his final two seasons at UTC. During his career, he was named to the Second Team All-Southern Conference in doubles […]

Lady Mocs tennis team takes aim on SoCon Title

By Connor Stevens, Chattanooga, Tenn., — The Lady Mocs Tennis team took on Samford in their regular season finale. This in conference matchup proved to be a marathon as the match lasted five and a half hours. “I was a great SoCon battle that was a grind,” head coach Jeff Clark said.  “Seemed like every match […]

Tennis player Luke Saunders learns from previous leaders


By Miles McNulty, Chattanooga, Tenn. – Chattanooga tennis player Luke Saunders, sophomore, Nova Scotia, Canada, enjoyed playing a variety of sports while growing up in Canada. “As a kid, I had a lot of energy, and to get rid of it my mom urged me to play tennis on a court near my house,” Saunders said. […]

Women’s tennis player Rachele Gazzola adjusting in first semester

By Connor Stevens, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Growing up in Palma de Mallorca, Spain,  freshman Rachele Gazzola began playing tennis at the age of eight. She also shares the same hometown as professional tennis player and multi Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. “My family played a lot of sports, so I started to play tennis with […]

Men’s tennis continues their up, down season

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Luke Saunders, Halifax, Nova Scotia, prepares to serve the ball.

By Connor Stevens, Chattanooga, Tenn., The men’s tennis team continues their up and down year, finding themselves in a three game skid right after a three game win streak. “Once we got back into our conference, the level of our teams picked up,” head coach Carlos Garcia said. “The rivalries got back into play which we […]

Women’s tennis falls 4-3 at Furman to snap nine-game winning streak

By Taylor Branch, Chattanooga, Tenn., The Lady Mocs snapped their nine-game winning streak after a 4-3 loss at Furman. The Mocs are now 4-1 in SoCon play with a 13-3 overall record. “We played well, both teams played well,” head coach Jeff Clark said.  “We were a play or two away. The loss wasn’t because of […]

UTC tennis player Pavels Grigorjevs adjusts to new role

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Junior Pavels Grigorjevs, Riga, Latvia, attempts a forehand smash in a home match for UTC.

By John Mitchell, Chattanooga, Tenn., – Riga, Latvia native and UTC junior Pavels Grigorjevs has not had the easiest adjustment from Europe to the UTC tennis team, but his future is constantly looking brighter and brighter. “I always knew he had the talent in him,” head coach Carlos Garcia said.” “It would just take him getting […]