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


PHOTOS: CFC Suffers 2-1 Steinbrecher Cup Overtime Loss

Dalton State Women Finish Finish 6th In Final NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll

Dalton State finished with a No. 6 ranking in the postseason edition of the 2016 NAIA Women’s Golf Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced by the national office. The Roadrunners had finished 10 th in the rain-shortened NAIA National Championship at Savannah Quarters Golf and Country Club in Pooler. It was the first time in the 22-year history of the championship that it was finished ... (click for more)

Child Bitten By Dog In Bradley County

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a child who was bitten by a dog. While saturating an area in Bradley County, a deputy observed a vehicle traveling on the roadway with a child not restrained and sitting in a passenger’s lap inside the vehicle. Once the deputy approached the vehicle, he noticed a child bleeding which was the result of a dog bite. ... (click for more)

Man Rescued From The Pocket Wilderness On Saturday

Rescue personnel started the Memorial Holiday weekend at the Pocket Wilderness hiking trails on Saturday morning. A man had been camping on the trails with friends Friday night when the accident occurred. They had been gathering branches for firewood when he tripped and fell on a branch which impaled his thigh. With no cell service and having no daylight, the group waited ... (click for more)

Fruit Basket Turnover

I have been teaching for 21 years now, so I’ve been through my share of school leaders. Every one of them taught me something important. Whether it was Don Bishop from Red Bank High School who, after almost 30 years at Red Bank, taught me to invest in the longevity of my career, Wade Kelly who taught me to thoroughly weigh options before making a decision, Gail Chuy who taught me ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Let Me Be Clear’

I have seen a lot of human beings who have gotten themselves in terrible messes in my time and more self-induced agony than I want to recall. Will Rogers famously said, “Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself.” That’s the truth and if you ever didn’t think that “Politics corrupts,” consider the genius behind the line, “It ain’t long those who get elected … begin to think ... (click for more)