Tennis prepares for weekend tournament

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Junior Kelsey Coots, Huntsville, Ala., will compete next weekend at the ITA/Ohio Valley Regional. The Lady Mocs are coming off of a big victory at the Steve Baras Fall Classic, winning 10 of 12 matches.

John Mitchell, Chattanooga, Tenn., —Both men and women’s tennis teams will compete in their third tournament of the fall season at the ITA/Ohio Valley Regional. “We’ve had some reasonable results so far, but there’s always room to improve,” men’s head coach Carlos Garcia said. “We just have to realize how important these opportunities are to […]

Moc of the Week: Kayla Jones

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By Zack Kirby, Chattanooga ,Tenn., –Junior Kayla Jones, Memphis, played in her first tennis tournament at the age of five and immediately fell in love with the sport. Her first coach was her father, Keita, who played collegiate tennis at Jackson State and Rust College. After taking a two year hiatus when she was eight, […]

Wingord finishes runner-up at Steve Baras Fall Classic

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Junior transfer Nicklas Wingord, Buenos Aires, Argentina, placed second.

By Zack Kirby, Chattanooga, Tenn., —In a nail-biting contest during the Flight 1 title match at the Steve Baras Fall Classic, junior transfer Nicklas Wingord, Buenos Aires, Argentina, refused to quit, despite falling 7-5, 5-7 and 6-3 to Jacksonville State’s Pedro Wagner. “I played pretty well,” Wingord said. “He [Wagner] served amazing, so it was […]

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

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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 […]