By: Alex Dockery
With the Southern Conference tournament just two weeks away, the women’s tennis team currently holds a 12-7 record with two regular season matches remaining.
On April 2, four of the team’s seniors, Kayla Jones, Memphis, Tenn., Kelsey Coots, Huntsville, Ala., Katie Polk, Woodstock, Ga., and Alison Storie, Johnson City, Tenn., were honored for senior day. Senior day would turn out to be successful for the team as they captured a 6-1 victory over SoCon opponent Wofford.
“It was a fun day, we had four outstanding seniors,” said UTC head coach Jeff Clark about the senior day. “All of them had a lot of individual success and they brought a lot of success to our team over the past four seasons.”
Last season proved to be successful, yet heartbreaking for the Mocs as they lost the regular season SoCon championship on the last match of the season. Coach Clark notes that this season’s schedule has been tougher than last season.
“We came up a little short of our goals last year, but still had a lot of success and this year I think our schedule has been a little bit tougher,” said Clark. “So while our record may not be as good as it was last year at this point in the season, I think part of that is due to a tougher schedule.”
The Mocs have won three of their last four matches and Coach Clark remains optimistic heading into the final two matches.
“I think every year your team identity takes a while to develop, but were in a good place right now and I think we have been playing really good, solid tennis is the last half of the season,” said Clark. “Our main concern is that we stay healthy physically and also stay fresh mentally. We’ve been going hard since early January and we have to be ready to play hard.”
Next up for the Mocs is a match against Western Carolina on Wednesday at The Champions Club in Chattanooga. From there, UTC will head to Birmingham, Ala., to take on Samford on Saturday to wrap up their regular season. The SoCon tournament begins on April 22 at the Champions Club and continues until April 24.