Mocs Fall To Top-Seeded Elon In SoCon Tournament

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s tennis team ended its season with a 4-0 loss to Elon in the Southern Conference Tournament on Thursday.  The Mocs close out the year with a 7-14 overall record, and wrapped up on a positive note with Wednesday’s first round win over Davidson.

The Mocs came into the tournament as the No. 9 seed and scored a 4-2 victory against No. 8 Davidson Wednesday.  That set up a 9:00 a.m. match with No. 1 Elon. 

Chattanooga was battling at No. 1 doubles, but that bout did not finish.  Elon took the opening point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. 

Sophomore Gino Delavalle won the first set over Brian Kowalski (6-4) at No. 4 singles, but Elon closed out the match with wins at No. 5, No. 1 and No. 6.  In tournament play, once a team reaches four points, the match is over. 

Chattanooga will return the core of its lineup next season.  Senior Jorge Varon is the only one not returning.  He went 11-20 overall and was 5-4 at No. 2 this spring. 

Elon 4, Chattanooga 0
Apr 17, 2014 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (Champions Club)
Doubles competition
1. Cameron Silverman/Jordan Kaufman (ELON) vs. Pavels Grigorjevs/Jorge Varon (UTC) 6-4, unfinished
2. Brian Kowalski/Robert Lindgren (ELON) def. Austin Boaz/Derrick Brown (UTC) 8-3
3. Stefan Fortmann/Juan Madrid (ELON) def. John Peacey/Gino Delavalle (UTC) 8-1

Singles competition
1. Cameron Silverman (ELON) def. Pavels Grigorjevs (UTC) 6-3, 6-1
2. Stefan Fortmann (ELON) vs. Jorge Varon (UTC) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
3. Robert Lindgren (ELON) vs. Luke Saunders (UTC) 6-2, 3-1, unfinished
4. Brian Kowalski (ELON) vs. Gino Delavalle (UTC) 4-6, 6-1, unfinished
5. Jordan Kaufman (ELON) def. John Peacey (UTC) 6-3, 6-3
6. Juan Madrid (ELON) def. Derrick Brown (UTC) 6-4, 6-1

Match Notes
Chattanooga 7-14
Elon 17-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,1,6)


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