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


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