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 […]

UTC women’s tennis player reflects on her life in Indonesia


By Hannah Orem, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Junior tennis player Claire Mulyadi left her hometown of Semarang, Indonesia, hoping to continue her love of playing tennis. “Sports are not really that popular in Indonesia,” Mulyadi said.  “There are not a lot of tennis players.” She had a hard time finding other players to compete with and would […]

Softball’s Sam Taylor adjusts to new position


By Taylor Branch, Chattanooga, Tenn., Lady Mocs sophomore Sam Taylor is picking up where she left off after her freshman year, having another dominant season for the Mocs. She is a local from Chickamauga, Ga., and is no stranger to success on the field helping Gordon Lee High School win back to back state championships, while being […]

Women’s tennis carries momentum into SoCon play

By Taylor Branch, Chattanooga, Tenn. – UTC women’s tennis team hosted Georgia Southern to open up SoCon play. The Lady Mocs dominated the Eagles from the start winning all three doubles matches, along with six singles matches. The Lady Mocs won their first SoCon opener since 2002. Sophomore Katie Polk, Woodstock, Ga., won seven games in […]