UTC Women's Tennis Team Advances In SoCon Tournament

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Southern Conference Tournament with a 4-0 win over Western Carolina today.  The sixth-seeded Lady Mocs will face No. 3 seed Furman on Friday at 11:00 a.m. in Elon, N.C.

WCU (1-16) only suited up five players, so sophomore Claire Mulyadi (Semarang, Indonesia) and freshman Jovana Pecovski (Apatin, Serbia) won their doubles match with a walkover at No. 3.  Junior Alexa Flynn (Memphis, Tenn.) and freshman Kelsey Coots (Huntsville, Ala.) clinched the doubles point with an 8-1 win over Stacia Kissell and Shannon Bettiol at No. 1.  They improved to 9-0 as a doubles team.

Pecovski made it 2-0 with a walkover at No. 6.  Coots scored a (6-3, 6-0) win over Nicole Nielly at No. 3 while freshman Kayla Jones (Memphis, Tenn.) clinched the win with a (6-2, 6-2) win over Kissell at No. 1.  It was Jones’ 30th singles win of the season while Coots improved to 23-8. 

The match against the Paladins is set for the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center at Elon.  The Mocs will try to snap a 22-match losing streak to Furman.  Chattanooga's last win in the series was a 4-3 victory on April 5, 1997, in Greenville.  The Paladins squeaked out a 4-3 win in a seven-hour match in Chattanooga on March 24.

The Lady Mocs improved to 18-4 overall, their most wins in a season since going 23-1 in 1991.  A link for live scoring for Friday’s match is available on the women’s tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com. 

Chattanooga 4, Western Carolina 0
Doubles competition
1. Alexa Flynn/Kelsey Coots (UTC) def. Stacia Kissell/Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 8-1
2. Kayla Jones/Katie Polk (UTC) vs. Sara Ruiz Pajares/Nicole Nielly (WCU) 7-1, unfinished
3. Claire Mulyadi/Jovana Pecovski (UTC) def. (WCU) by default

Singles competition
1. Kayla Jones (UTC) def. Stacia Kissell (WCU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Alexa Flynn (UTC) vs. Sara Ruiz Pajares (WCU) 6-0, 3-2, unfinished
3. Kelsey Coots (UTC) def. Nicole Nielly (WCU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Claire Mulyadi (UTC) vs. Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 6-4, unfinished
5. Katie Polk (UTC) vs. Erin Maguire (WCU) 5-3, unfinished
6. Jovana Pecovski (UTC) def. (WCU) by default
Order of finish: Doubles (1); Singles (3,1)


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