Mocs Fifth Seed In SoCon Tennis Tournament

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s tennis team is the No. 5 seed in this week’s Southern Conference Tournament in Elon, N.C.  The Mocs have a first round bye and will face No. 4 seed UNCG on Friday, April 19, at 9:00 a.m. (E.D.T.) at the Burlington Tennis Center.  A link for live scoring is available on the men’s tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com.   

The Mocs finished the regular season with an 11-8 overall record and a 6-4 mark in SoCon action.  Chattanooga has clinched back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2007 and 2008.  The Mocs have also recorded their first winning record in league play since 2007.

UTC posted a 6-1 win over UNCG on March 16 in Chattanooga, despite not having senior Roberto Vieira (Bedfordview, South Africa) in his usual No. 1 position.  The Mocs are 9-8 all-time against the Spartans, including wins in three of the last four meetings.

Chattanooga is second all-time with 12 SoCon Tournament titles.  Furman leads the way with 14 while Davidson has nine.  The last time the Mocs advanced past the quarterfinals was 2007.

UTC had three student-athletes named to the men’s tennis All-SoCon team this week.  Senior Manuel Barroetavena (Buenos Aires, Argentina) made the first team in singles while Vieira and senior Ankit Chopra (Chandigrah, India) were second team selections in doubles. 

Barroetavena, a two-year starter from Buenos Aires, Argentina, went 22-9 overall and 15-4 in the spring dual season.  He had an record 8-2 in SoCon matches and was 13-3 while playing No. 2 or No. 3.  He went 2-1 when stepping into the top spot, including a win against UNCG at No. 1 in the regular season.

Chopra and Vieira were paired together late in the season and posted a 3-3 record in the spring.  They won three of their last four matches, all against tough competition in league play.

Barroetavena and fellow senior Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.) were also impressive in doubles play this season.  They went 13-3 in spring matches and 9-1 in SoCon action.  They were also 8-1 in their usual No. 3 position.



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