Samford Defeats UTC Tennis Women 4-0

No.2 Samford vs. No.4 Elon For Title Saturday

Friday, April 18, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

A excellent season with 18 wins and five all-conference players for Chattanooga women's tennis  came to a disappointing end Friday with a 4-0 loss to Samford in a semifinal match of the Southern Conference Tennis Championship at Champions Club in Rivermont.

The No.2 Samford Bulldogs (20-2) won two of the three doubles to claim the doubles team point and then won at Nos.1-3-5 singles to secure the victory against the No.3 Mocs.

Championship Finals: No.2 Samford takes on No.4 Elon in Saturday's final at 2 p.m. Elon upset No.1 Furman, 4-3, in the other semifinal match.

Men's Final at 10 a.m. has No.1 Elon vs. No.2 Furman.

"I had hoped that we could take the doubles point after Samford won it in our match with them last week," said UTC coach Jeff Clark. "Their girls battled back (down 7-4) at No.2 to win the deciding doubles match and they earned it.

"The doubles took a little wind out of our sails and lifted their spirits."

Samford's Stephanie N'tcha (No.1) was first off the court with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Kayla Jones, quickly followed by Yasmeen Ebada defeating Alexa Flynn, 6-4, 6-1 at No.3 for a 3-0 lead.

UTC had a lead in the third set at No.6 and up a set at No.4 when Samford's Emily Mallory ended it with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 triumph against Claire Mulyadi.

"We battled for three and half hours with a great crowd behind us and came up short, but had a great year," Clark stated.

"We finished third in the regular season (first time since 2002) had five all-conference players, tied for the second most wins (18) in school history and advanced to the SoCon semis for the second time in three years. All that is something to be proud of."

Biggest Team Improvement: "The biggest improvement from last year to this year has been the improved mental toughness at practice and for every match," said Clark.

Kudos to UTC Administration: "Our administrative staff including Laura Herron (senior associate athletics director) and David Blackburn (athletics director) have been unbelievable in helping our tennis teams and knowing the value of college tennis in such a tradition-rich tennis town," Clark stated.

Strong Senior Leadership: "Your team is only as good as your senior leadership and our lone senior Alexa Flynn did a great job for us," Clark stated. "She was injured parts of her first three seasons, but worked hard prior to this year and was healthy all season."

150 Wins:  For a career, Alexa Flynn won 75 singles and 75 doubles matches ... she won her last singles match in the quarterfinals Thursday and the last doubles victory of her career today against Samford.

No.2 Samford 4, No.3 Chattanooga 0 

doubles

1. Alexa Flynn/Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) def. Kristin Lewis/Emily Mallory (SAM) 8-5

2. Yasmeen Ebada/Carita Moolman (SAM) def. Kayla Jones/Katie Polk (UTC) 8-7 (6-4)
3. Stephanie N'tcha/Jessica Northcutt (SAM) def. Kelsey Coots/Claire Mulyadi (UTC) 8-2

singles

1. Stephanie N'tcha (SAM) def. Kayla Jones (UTC) 6-2, 6-3

2. Kristin Lewis (SAM) vs. Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) 7-6 (8-6), 4-2, unfinished
3. Yasmeen Ebada (SAM) def. Alexa Flynn (UTC) 6-4, 6-1
4. Kelsey Coots (Chatt) vs. Jessica Northcutt (SAM), 6-4, 4-5 unfinished
5. Emily Mallory (SAM) def. Claire Mulyadi (UTC) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1

6. Katie Polk (Chatt) vs.Lauren Caballero (SAM), 1-6, 6-1, 2-1 unfinished

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


Baylor and GPS Battle to 0-0 Tie

The Few. The Proud. The Baylor Girls Soccer Team. Playing with only one sub, an all-state basketball player turned goalkeeper and a disciplined defense, the Baylor girls soccer team battled host GPS to a scoreless tie Tuesday in a TSSAA D-II East/Middle Region match. GPS was the heavy favorite coming into the match with eight wins (now 8-1-2, 3-0-1), while Baylor (now ... (click for more)

Men’s Golf Will Play This Weekend In NAIA Fall Preview

Dalton State men’s golf will have a chance to see many of the top golf teams in the NAIA this weekend. The Sun Conference and the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the 2014 NAIA Golf Fall Preview at LPGA International Course from Friday through Sunday. This weekend’s competition will feature 19 teams from 18 different schools. The 54-hole tournament ... (click for more)

Linear Park Planned As Extension Of Walnut Street Bridge In Front Of Planned Boutique Hotel

A linear park that will be an extension of the Walnut Street Bridge public space is planned in front of a new boutique hotel at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way (Second Street). Mitch Patel of Vision Hospitality on Tuesday night told nearby residents that "the city pushed this idea of a linear park, and we agree that it is a great idea." He said the current situation in which ... (click for more)

Sharply-Divided City Council Approves Office Reorganization; Councilman Freeman Calls Move "Evil, Hellish"

A sharply-divided City Council on Tuesday voted 5-4 to completely reorganize the council office, leaving current staffers without a job down the road but with the option to reapply. Councilman Moses Freeman called the move "evil" and "hellish." He said, "We are punishing somebody on a personal level," though he said the office has been running smoothly. Saying the majority ... (click for more)

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My October Garden

Hark! It is the first day of October and, as I make my monthly stroll through the garden, I find a growing numbers of leaves and acorns. Autumn leaves are beautiful while acorns are nuts, thus you will get the idea as we make our monthly awards: A PRETTY LEAF to Phil Hughes after the Minnesota Twins pitcher came within one inning of earning a $500,000 bonus this season. The deal ... (click for more)