Mocs Tennis Team In Action This Weekend

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's tennis team has two matches on the schedule over the upcoming President's Day weekend.  The Mocs travel to No. 13 Georgia Tech on Saturday and host Murray State on Monday.

The match against the Yellow Jackets is 11:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) in Atlanta, Ga.  Georgia Tech is 6-2 overall with wins against Portland, Oregon, Penn, UCLA, Tennessee and Ole Miss.  The only losses came against No. 9 Cal and No. 11 Auburn.

The Mocs are 1-6 all-time against the Ramblin' Wreck, with the lone win coming in 1984.  This is the first meeting in the series since 2010.    

"We know we are playing the toughest team on our schedule with No. 13 Georgia Tech," stated head coach Chad Camper. "I tell the team it is good for us to see the top level of college tennis. There are many similarities between us and them and it is important for us to be ready to compete and come out with several game plans."

Monday's match against the Racers is 5:00 p.m. at Baylor's Guerry Tennis Center.  Murray State is 2-3 with wins over Arkansas State and Southern Illinois.  Their losses are against Louisville, Evansville and Central Arkansas.  MSU faces ETSU on Sunday prior to the match in Chattanooga. 

UTC is 7-3 in the all-time series with Murray State.  The Mocs won three-straight from 2012-14, which is the last time these two teams met in a dual match. 

"We saw Murray State play in the fall and we know they have a lot of depth," stated Camper.  "This team will challenge us in many positions and we need to make sure we bring our best effort. We are preparing for this match as if it is a conference opponent."

Links for live scoring for both matches are available on the women's tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com. 

The men's tennis team hosts a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 18.  The Mocs welcome North Alabama and Covenant College in non-conference action this weekend. 

The match against the Lions starts at 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) at the Racquet Club in Hixson.  UTC then faces the Scots at 6:00 p.m., also at the Racquet Club.  Links for live scoring for both matches is available on the men's tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com. 

"We are excited about the opportunity to have a full day of action at Coachworks at the Club," stated UTC head coach Carlos Garcia.  "Both North Alabama and Covenant College bring different challenges, so our plan all week is focusing on solid starts in our doubles and keeping the momentum through singles."

Chattanooga is 1-6 overall, with their lone win coming against defending OVC champion Tennessee Tech on Feb. 3.  UNA is 1-1 with a 5-2 loss at UAB and a 7-2 win over Martin Methodist.  The Lions compete in the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference.  They will begin transitioning into the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference in the fall of 2018.

The Mocs are 9-1 in the series with North Alabama.  These two teams have met each of the last six seasons, and UNA pulled out a 4-2 win in last year's meeting on Feb. 20.  Only singles were played in that match.    

Covenant is also 1-1, including an 8-1 loss at Birmingham Southern on Feb. 11.  The lone victory on the slate came in the fall against Milligan College (7-2).  Covenant competes in the NCAA Division III USA South Conference. 

The Mocs are 4-0 all-time against Covenant, including last year's 7-0 win on Feb. 6.  The other three meeting were in the late 1980s.   



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