The UTC men's tennis team improved to 4-1 in the spring with a 7-0 win over North Alabama at the Hixson Racquet Club on Sunday. The Mocs won all 10 matches and are off to their best start in over 10 years.
Despite posting a shutout over the Lions, there were some close matches throughout the day. With doubles point already decided, seniors Roberto Vieira (Bedfordview, South Africa) and Chris Smith (Johnson City, Tenn.) were in a battle at No. 1 with Aliaksei Kavalenak and Matt Fuery.
The UTC duo pulled out a 9-8 win by taking the tiebreaker 8-6. Smith and Vieira improved to 3-1 in the spring at the No. 1 spot.
Smith was impressive at No. 2 singles today, scoring his first win of the spring. He only lost one game in a straight-sets win over Guillaume Dechoz (6-0, 6-1). Senior Manuel Barroetavena (Buenos Aires, Argentina) moved up to the top spot, scoring a (6-0, 6-3) two-set win over Fuery. Barroetavena is undefeated in the spring at 4-0 and leads the team with a 12-5 overall record.
Senior Ankit Chopra (Chandigrah, India) needed three sets to defeat Rob Whitsitt (4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)) at No. 3, while senior Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.) won a battle with Kavalenka at No. 4 (7-5, 6-4). Sophomore Pavels Grigorjevs (Riga, Latvia) and freshman Gino Delavelle (Rosario, Argentina) also had singles wins.
The Mocs are back in action this weekend, hosting Austin Peay on Friday, Feb. 8. Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com for specific time and location. A link for live scoring will also be available on the men's tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com.
Chattanooga 7, North Alabama 0
Feb 03, 2013 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (Hixson Racquet Club)
1.Smith/Vieira (UTC) def. Aliaksei Kavalenka/Matt Feury (UNA) - 9-8 (8-6)
2. Chopra/Stephen Crofford (UTC) def. Guillaume Dechoz/Rob Whitsitt (UNA) - 8-5
3. William Disterdick/Grigorjevs (UTC) def. Mirko Sommerfeld/Alex Weber (UNA) - 8-3
1. Barroetavena (UTC) def. Matt Feury (UNA) - 6-0, 6-3
2. Smith (UTC) def. Guillaume Dechoz (UNA) - 6-0, 6-1
3. Chopra (UTC) def. Rob Whitsitt (UNA) - 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)
4. Tresnan (UTC) def. Aliaksei Kavalenka (UNA) - 7-5, 6-4
5. Grigorjevs (UTC) def. Jonathan Vick (UNA) - 6-0, 6-4
6. Gino Delavella (UTC) def. Mirko Sommerfeld (UNA) - 6-2, 6-4