UTC Men Netters Stop Davidson, 4-2

Mocs Face No.1 Elon Thursday

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Chattanooga needed Jorge Varon's best match of the season and got it.

The Valencia, Venezuela senior's straight set win at No.2 singles clinched the Mocs 4-2 win against No.8 seed Davidson in a first round match of the Southern Conference Tennis Championship at The Champions Club in Rivermont.

"Jorge played great in singles and doubles (winning at No.3) and of course those two team points were crucial in our 4-2 win," said UTC coach Carlos Garcia.

UTC won the important doubles point to go up 1-0 heading into singles and gained singles wins at Nos. 1-2 and 6 for the win.

"We gained crucial wins up top at Nos, 1-2 singles and had lost both positions in the dual match," Garcia stated whose team improves to 6-13 on the season.

"Winning the doubles point gave our singles players plenty of confidence heading into singles," said Garcia.

Davidson won the first two singles points for a 2-1 lead on wins from Wildcat sophomore and former McCallie player Evan Watkins at No.5 and Connor Evins at No. 3.

UTC freshman Derrick Brown claimed a win at No.6, followed by Pavels Grigorjevs at No.1 for a 3-2 lead to set up Varon's match-clinching triumph.

Coach Garcia's Comments on Doubles (UTC won at Nos. 1 and 3)

"At No.1, we were up 5-1 and two breaks, but Davidson tied it at 5-5 before we went on to win, 8-6.

At No.3, Davidson got an early break and went up 3-0 before we won six straight games and eventually won 8-5."

Chattanooga 4, Davidson 2 (Opening Round match)

1. Pavels Grigorjevs/Jorge Varon (UTC) def. Robert Lightbourn/Connor Evins (DAV) 8-6
2. Ethan Kallick/Evan Watkins (DAV) def. Austin Boaz/Derrick Brown (UTC) 8-5

3. John Peacey/Gino Delavalle (UTC) def. Zack Zapatero/Alex Howard (DAV) 8-5

order of finish 2-1-3

1. Pavels Grigorjevs (UTC) def. Robert Lightbourn (DAV) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
2. Jorge Varon (UTC) def. Ethan Kallick (DAV) 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Connor Evins (DAV) def. Luke Saunders (UTC) 6-4, 6-2
4. Gino Delavalle (UTC) vs. J.B. Gough (DAV) 2-6, 6-2, 5-6, unfinished
5. Evan Watkins (DAV) def. John Peacey (UTC) 6-3, 6-2
6. Derrick Brown (UTC) def. Ricky Saad (DAV) 7-5, 6-1

order of finish: 5-3-6-1-2

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@Comcast.net 


 


Four Lookouts Headed To Arizona Fall League

Four of the current Chattanooga Lookouts are heading to the Arizona Fall League. Infielder Corey Seager is one of four Dodgers prospects named Tuesday to the Glendale Desert Dogs' roster for the upcoming AFL. Seager, infielder Darnell Sweeney, outfielder Scott Schebler and left-handed reliever Michael Thomas are on the initial roster of the Desert Dogs. Three more Dodgers ... (click for more)

Brandon Morgan: UTC's O-Line Veteran

It’s a family tradition in the Morgan household to play in the trenches where the football wars are won or lost on gridirons in the fall. And it has been a successful tradition. Owner of a deep voice and pleasant smile along with solid football technique on his 6-2, 300-pound frame, Mocs redshirt junior Brandon Morgan and his O-Line (Offensive ... (click for more)

City, County Pull The Plug On Downtown Shooting Range

City and county officials have decided to keep the police firing range at Moccasin Bend rather than building an expensive new indoor facility at the former Farmers Market property. County Mayor Jim Coppinger said Sheriff Jim Hammond and new Police Chief Fred Fletcher met recently and decided to "pull the plug" on the project. He said officers felt that the Moccasin Bend range ... (click for more)

Reception Honors County's 2nd-Longest Serving Employee

General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, at a County Courthouse reception, asked anyone who was working at the courthouse in 1966 to raise their hand. Only Circuit Court Clerk Paula Thompson was able to do so. Judge Shattuck said he believes only Edna Camp of the Criminal Court clerk's office, has been at the courthouse longer. Ms. Thompson did not seek re-election, ... (click for more)

Vote No On Health Insurance Changes Affecting County Teachers

Our Hamilton County School Board will vote on insurance changes effecting both active employees and retirees, who are not on Medicare at this time.  HCEA strongly objects to changes being made at this time and urges a “No” vote.  Insurance had been frozen three years by negotiations.  Since the Educators Professional Negotiations Act was nullified by the 2011 Legislature, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)