UTC Women Top Ga. Southern, 4-0

Advance to SoCon Semis

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - by B.B. Branton
All Wound Up: UTC's Kelsey Coots hits a back hand return in her singles win against Ga. Southern Thursday
in the Southern Conference Tennis Championship
All Wound Up: UTC's Kelsey Coots hits a back hand return in her singles win against Ga. Southern Thursday in the Southern Conference Tennis Championship
- photo by Dale Rutemeyer

The game plan for the No.3 UTC women's tennis team was to get on and off the court, conserve energy and prepare for No.2 seed Samford on Good Friday at 2 p.m. at The Champions Club.

Translation meant a 4-0 win against No.6 Ga. Southern (10-11) for the Mocs (18-4) today in the Southern Conference Tennis Championship quarterfinals. 

"We did what we were suppose to do in getting the first win, played very relaxed and now we turn out attention to No.2 Samford in the semis," said UTC coach Jeff Clark.

Samford beat UTC, 4-3, in Birmingham last week so the revenge factor for the Mocs is fresh in their minds.

"We played well today, glad we are at home and can't wait to play Samford tomorrow," said sophomore Kayla Jones who won at No.1 singles and No.2 doubles.

Jones and her partner Katie Polk were the first ones off the court in doubles, followed by the No.1 team of Kayla Flynn-Kaylene Chadwell to secure the doubles point.

In singles, Flynn was the first winner at No.3 singles, followed by Jones at No.1 and Kelsey Coots at No.4.  

Next Match: SoCon Semis -  Friday 2 p.m. The Champions Club

No.2 Samford vs. No.3 Chattanooga

No.1 Furman vs. No. 4 Elon

Women's Championship Finals - Sat. 2 p.m

Live Scoring: gomocs.com.

UTC History in SoCon Semis: Mocs are 2-4 in six appearances in the semifinals (wins in 1998, 2000) since the SoCon went to a team format beginning with the 1998 season ... before that, points were awarded by individual wins.

Mocs in SoCon Semifinals

2012 - lost to UNCG

2004 - lost to Furman

2002 - lost to College of Charleston

2000 - beat East Tenn. State and placed second

1999 - lost to Furman

1998 - beat Ga. Soufhern and placed second

 No.3 Chattanooga 4, No.6 Ga. Southern 0

doubles

1. Alexa Flynn/Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) def. Paola Garrido/Caitlin Kitchen (GSU) 8-4
2. Kayla Jones/Katie Polk (UTC) def. Stephanie Woods/Giulia Riepe (GSU) 8-2
3. Kelsey Coots/Claire Mulyadi (UTC) vs. Jordana Klein/Mary Phillips Smith (GSU) 7-4, unfinished

singles

1. Kayla Jones (UTC) def. Paola Garrido (GSU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) vs. Jordana Klein (GSU) 4-6, unfinished
3. Alexa Flynn (UTC) def. Daria Vasekina (GSU) 6-0, 6-0

4. Kelsey Coots (UTC) def. Stephanie Woods (GSU) 6-2, 6-1

5. Claire Mulyadi (UTC) vs. Giulia Riepe (GSU) 6-3, 3-1, unfinished

6. Katie Polk (UTC) vs. Mary Phillips Smith (GSU) 6-1, 3-1, unfinished

 Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,1,4)

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


Gregory, White Voted To Class 4A Preseason All-State Team

Hixson's Brody Gregory and Sequoyah's Aaron White have been voted to the Star Physical Therapy Preseason Class 4A All-State team in Murphy Fair's Tennessee High School Football magazine. Gregory, an offensive lineman, and White, a kicker, were the only Chattanooga-area players voted to the team. Offense Pos       Name ... (click for more)

Lewis Wins Choo-Choo Invitational

Taylor Lewis won Choo-Choo Invitational on Wednesday at the Council Fire Golf Club. The 30-year-old Lewis, a member at Council Fire, finished the tournament at 15-under 201 (67-66-68) for a two-shot margin over a field of college golfers. Lewis called it the biggest tournament he has ever won. University of Kentucky player Tyler McDaniel finished second at 203. Neil ... (click for more)

Zaxby's To Go In Across From Bass Pro Shop At New I-75 Exit 1 Development In East Ridge

A new Zaxby's will be built across from Bass Pro Shop at I-75's Exit 1 in East Ridge, developer John Healy said Thursday night. He said other restaurants and hotels are also coming to the Jordan Crossing site at the entrance to Camp Jordan Park. Mr. Healy said he hopes to make a "significantly larger" announcement soon. The East Ridge City Council, at a special called meeting, ... (click for more)

Young Man Involved In Incident That Led To A Murder Gets Diversion, Praise For Testifying

A young man who was involved in an incident that led to a murder has been given diversion and praised for testifying against co-defendants. Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman said a conviction for facilitation of an aggravated robbery can be expunged if Dustin Hayes gets in no further trouble for six years. The judge said, "We wouldn't be dealing with 40 shootings a year ... (click for more)

The Silence Is Deafening - And Response

In this week’s news cycle we have the international uproar over the killing of Cecil the lion. In the same time most national news outlet refuse to even mention the undercover videos of so call doctors and technicians discussing the harvesting, processing and sale of human baby body parts.  The argument by those liberal, progressive Democrats has been that the “fetus” was ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Dr. Palmer, You’re Toast

America is absolutely furious! By 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon there were 36,000 people who had petitioned the White House to extradite Walter Palmer, who is today the most despised man in all of North America. On the Yelp.com website, that promotes his dentistry business in Eden Prairie, Minn, over 6,000 had posted violent, vulgar and vicious notes and, for the record, 60 of them ... (click for more)