By Shawna O’Neal, Chattanooga, TN–
The Chattanooga Mocs’ women’s team wrapped up their 2012 season against the Samford Bulldogs Sat., April 14 in Birmingham, Ala.
Chattanooga dropped their regular season finale 5-2. Both teams have the same records with 15-5 overall and 6-4 in the Southern Conference. Both teams tied for fourth in the SoCon with the Bulldogs winning the tiebreaker.
Each will have a first round bye, and will go face to face again for the quarterfinals Fri. April 20.
“We knew it was going to be a very close match, which it was,” head coach Jeff Clark said. “We certainly had our chances to win and our margin of error was a little bit slimmer to win since Alexa Flynn was out with an injury. Even without her in the line up, we had plenty of chances to win. We gave a good effort, but we just did not play well enough to win the match.”
Chattanooga was without their number two player, sophomore Alexa Flynn, Memphis, Tenn.
Flynn suffered an injury at Davidson and has been out for the past two weeks. She is 17-7 in singles and 17-8 in doubles action for the year.
The day started out strong for the Bulldogs after taking the doubles point by winning two out of the three total matches.
Getting the only win for the Lady Mocs in doubles competition was Jenna Nurik, a junior from Rosewell, Ga., and Kaylene Chadwell, a freshman from Franklin, Tenn..
They defeated Kristin Lewis and Lindsey Mallory 8-7 at the number one spot. Chattanooga won the tiebreaker 11-9.
Seniors Emily Hangstefer, a Signal Mountain, Tenn. native, and Shaina Singh, from Vancouver, B.C., were defeated 8-3 by Samford’s Rebecca Kirven and M. Janse Van Rensburg.
In the number three slot, Claire Mulyadi, a freshman from Semarang, Indonesia, and Brianna Wishing, a senior from Murfreesboro, Tenn., landed a 8-2 loss over Adri Lochner and Stephanie N’tcha.
Only two of the six Lady Mocs won in singles play. Number two Chadwell defeated Rensburg 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-6).
It was Chadwell’s eighth straight win for the season. She finished with an 8-2 record in the SoCon and 20-9 overall.
Clark said that he was very proud of Chadwell.
“She has had an outstanding freshman year and she is very deserving of her award,” he said. “I think it is reflected of her strong work ethic. She comes to practice everyday and ready to work hard.”
Clark said that Chadwell is a great teammamte.
“She pushes her teammates and she is a really sweet girl,” he said. “I am happy she is on our team. She has made us better this year and she has been playing really well right now with an eight match-winning streak.”
The other singles win for the day went to number four Singh. She went up against Rebecca Kirven and came out with a 7-5, 6-4 victory.
It was Singh’s 20th win of the year, earning her a new career mark for singles victories in a single season.
She has also won four-straight singles matches to improve her record to 20-9 overall and 7-3 in the SoCon.
Chattanooga will travel to Charleston, S.C. for the Southern Conference Tournament.
They are set to play Samford again Fri. April 20. First serve is set to happen at 10:30 a.m. (E.D.T.).
Clark said they are very excited for the upcoming tournament and the rematch against Samford.
“We would love to get another crack at them and we got it,” he said. “So we are going to do our best on Friday and we have a really good team this year. I’m hoping we can play our best tennis of the season this weekend and hopefully playing for the big trophy on Sunday.”
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