By Shawna O’Neal, Chattanooga, TN—The UTC tennis teams were both in town this past weekend, with the men’s team taking on Elon and the women’s facing
Wofford and Furman Universities.
The women’s team split their matches, with a win against Wofford and a loss to Furman.
They are now 13-3 for their overall record and 3-3 in Southern Conference action.
The Lady Mocs started their weekend off strong with their 6-1 win over the Wofford Bulldogs for their fourth straight win.
Chattanooga swept the doubles matches with Alexa Flynn, a Memphis junior, and Kelsey Coots, a freshman from Huntsville, Ala., with the first win at No. 2.
Also with a doubles win was Claire Mulyadi, a sophomore from Semarang, Indonesia, and Jovana Pecovski, a sophomore from Apitan, Serbia, with a 8-6 victory in the No. 3 spot against Othilia Lindqvist and Emily Przystawski.
As far as No. 1, Lady Mocs Kaylene Chadwell, a sophomore from Franklin, Tenn., and Kayla Jones, a Memphis freshman, recorded an 8-3 win and closed out doubles competition against Julia Paulson and Lucy Schermerhorn.
The singles competition began with a 6-2, 6-0 victory for Coots against Pryzstawski at No. 5, putting Chattanooga up 2-0.
Jones also recorded a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 3. It was a fourth-straight win for both players.
The only Lady Moc who did not come out on top in singles play was Chadwell, who was defeated by Sarah Evans.
Chattanooga then dropped their record after falling to the Furman Paladins 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.
The weather forced the match to be held indoors at the Girls Preparatory School courts.
The Lady Mocs now have a 22-match losing streak against the Paladins and have not won a match against them since 1997.
The day started out with Chadwell and Jones losing their No. 1 doubles match 8-5. But then Flynn and Coots even upped the playing field with their 9-8 win over Amanda Murray and Michele Stanford.
Mulyadi and Pecovski continued for the Lady Mocs with a 7-4 victory over Margaret Boyette and Kelly Sullivan at No. 3. But Furman fought back and went on a 4-0 run to take an 8-7 lead.
The singles competition was in Furman’s favor as they won three out of the four singles matches.
Chadwell, Flynn and Coots all won their singles matches against Mereno-Kaste, Michele Stanford and Sullivan, respectively.
The Lady Mocs will remain at home for their match against conference opponent Davidson March 30 at the UTC tennis courts. Competition is set to start at 10:00 a.m.
The men’s team was also at home where they fell 5-2 to the Elon Phoenix Saturday afternoon dropping their overall record to 7-6 and 2-2 in Southern Conference action.
Elon remained undefeated in the SoCon at 5-0, and the team has a 10-4 overall record.
Elon began the competition strong winning all of the doubles matches.
Ankit Chopra, a senior from Chandigrah, India, and John Peacy, a freshman from Emerald, Australia, were the first to drop their match against No. 38 Cameron Silverman and Stefan Fortman 8-23 at No. 1.
Next for doubles competition was Manuel Barroetavena, a senior from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Jackson Tresnan, a senior from Apopka, Fla.
The duo fought back but not enough to defeat opponents Juan Madrid and Jordan Kaufman.
The Phoenix recorded a 9-7 win at No. 3 over Barroetavena and Tresnan.
Barroetavena and Chopra were the only two Mocs to come out victorious in singles play.
They defeated Fortmann (6-1, 3-6, 6-1) and Robert Lindgren (6-1, 6-4) respectively.
Roberto Vieira, a senior from Bedfordview, South Africa, Chris Smith, a senior from Johnson City, Tenn., Pavels Grigorjevs, a sophomore from Riga, Latvia, and Tresnan all fell in their singles matches.
The Mocs will be back on the courts March 30 to take on Wofford University in Spartanburg S.C.
The match is set to begin at noon.