Pecovski, Jones Advance To USTA/ITA Regionals

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A pair of Lady Mocs advanced to the main draw of the 2012 USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., today. FreshmenKayla Jones (Memphis, Tenn.) and Jovana Pecovski (Apitan, Serbia) both won two singles matches to move out of the qualifying bracket.

Jones opened with a (6-2, 6-1) win over Miami's (Ohio) Ramona Costea. She followed that up with a three-set win against ETSU's Salman Dahbi (5-7, 6-3, 6-2).

Pecovski started with a tough, three-setter over Eastern Kentucky's Marcela Jimenez (6-4, 4-6, 6-2).

Her second win was a (6-4, 6-3) victory over Xavier's Kally Alkire.

Fellow freshmanKelsey Coots nearly made it into the main draw. Seeded second in the qualifying bracket, Coots won her first match (6-4, 6-1) over Butler's Konstantina Adami. She lost a hard-fought battle against MTSU's Nayara Moraes (6-4, 7-6 (4)) in the second round.

SophomoreClaire Mulyadi (Semarang, Indonesia) was also in singles action today. She lost her first round match to third seed Ashleigh Witte of Cincinnati (6-2, 6-2).

Neither of the two doubles teams from UTC that were trying to qualify for the main draw were able to advance. Pecovski and juniorAlexa Flynn (Memphis, Tenn.) lost to fourth-seeded Valentina Schneider and Alex Tachovsky of Louisville (8-5).

Coots and fellow freshmanKatie Polk (Woodstock, Ga.) won their first round match (8-5) against Xavier's Daniella Patton and Andrea Wolf. They lost in the second round to Nimisha Mohan and Alix Thurman from Miami (Ohio) (8-6).

Flynn, seniorJenna Nurik (Roswell, Ga.) and sophomore Kaylene Chadwell (Franklin, Tenn.) are in the main draw for singles with Jones and Pecovski. Nurik and Chadwell are also competing in doubles, along with Jones and Mulyadi.

A complete and updated draw is available at the top of the page. Be sure to also check out the link to the online results. Results will be updated on this page throughout tomorrow's action.


PHOTOS: Lookouts Celebrate Winning Second-Half Title

Four weeks ago, no one would have expected the Lookouts would be even close to winning the second-half title. An 11-game winning streak put them into the race and when they swept the Tennessee Smokies Sunday they had concluded an incredible comeback. The Smokies were still in a position to win before Chris O'Brien's pinch-hit triple plated Corey Seager and O'Koyea Dickson with ... (click for more)

Phillips, Thompson Win FCA Races At Chattanooga State

Geno Phillips and Dean Thompson didn’t have much competition Monday morning in the FCA races at Chattanooga State. Phillips was victorious in the 10K with a time of 35 minutes and one second as he beat runner-up Andy Highlander by almost two minutes.   Highlander was timed in 36:48. Thompson was the winner in the 5K with a time of 17 minutes, two ... (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of Boy, 3; Child Had Numerous Injuries After Left With Boyfriend; Mother Was In Workhouse

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)