UTC Tennis Teams Play Key Matches This Weekend

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s tennis team looks to extend its six-match winning streak this week when it visits Kennesaw State and hosts Appalachian State.  The Mocs travel to the Owls on Thursday, March 20, and host the Mountaineers on Saturday, March 22.  A link for live scoring for the ASU match is available on the women’s tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com.

Chattanooga is 10-2 overall and has put together a string of three-straight shutouts.  The Mocs are 2-0 in Southern Conference action for the first time since 2002. 

Juniors Kaylene Chadwell and Claire Mulyadi have each won six consecutive singles matches.  Chadwell is 10-1 at No. 2 while Mulyadi is 9-1 at No. 5.  Sophomore Kayla Jones leads the team with a 17-7 overall mark, 8-4 at No. 1.

Senior Alexa Flynn is 7-3 at No. 3 while sophomore Kelsey Coots is 7-2 at No. 5.  Sophomore Katie Polk has been impressive since her spring debut, going undefeated in her first four matches and 3-0 at No. 6.  Flynn and Chadwell have teamed up recently at No. 1 doubles where they are 5-0.

Kennesaw State is 5-7 overall and 1-1 in Atlantic Sun action.  First serve against the Owls is set for 1:00 p.m.  The Mocs won the only previous meeting between these two teams, a 6-1 victory in 2012. 

The Appalachian State match is set for Noon on the UTC Tennis Courts.  Chattanooga is looking to avenge a 4-2 loss to the Mountaineers last season, despite holding a 20-8 advantage in the all-time series. 

ASU is 4-11 overall and 0-2 in SoCon matches.  The Mountaineers dropped a 6-0 decision to Georgia Southern their last time out, and a 4-3 contest to Samford earlier in the season.

The  men’s tennis team is going for its fourth win in a row this weekend when it hosts Davidson.  Match time is set for Noon (E.D.T.) on the UTC Tennis Courts on Sunday, March 23.  A link for live scoring is available on the men’s tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com. 

The Mocs are 5-7 overall and 1-2 in Southern Conference action.  UTC is riding a three-match winning streak that includes wins over Murray State (6-0), Alabama State (6-1) and The Citadel (5-2).  The two league defeats were a pair of 7-0 shutouts at UNCG and Elon.    

Sophomore Luke Saunders is leading the surge with a four-match winning streak of his own at No. 3.  Fellow sophomore John Peacey has settled in to the No. 5 position where he is 5-1.  Senior Jorge Varon is 3-0 since dropping back to No. 2. 

Davidson is 3-10 overall and 0-2 in SoCon play.  The Wildcats have two matches this week before visiting Chattanooga on Sunday.  They host Wofford on Thursday and visit Samford on Saturday.  Their league matches included a 4-3 loss at Georgia Southern and a 6-1 loss at No. 46 Elon. 

The Mocs are 18-8 all-time against Davidson, but only have two wins in the last seven meetings.  Chattanooga dropped a 5-2 decision to the Wildcats in last year’s dual. 


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