Senior Chris Smith
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Mocs Host Belmont on Sunday
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team returns to the court this weekend for a home dual match against Belmont.  The Mocs (1-1, 0-0 SoCon) host the Bruins at the Hixson Racquet Club on Sunday, Jan. 27.  First serve is set for 10:00 a.m. (E.S.T.). 

Live scoring will be available for both matches.  Links can be found on the men's tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com.

Chattanooga is 1-1 after splitting matches with No. 63 Georgia State and Tennessee Tech last weekend.  UTC lost the opener to the Panthers on Friday 5-2, before bouncing back with a 4-3 win over the Golden Eagles on Sunday. 

Senior Manuel Barroetavena (Buenos Aires, Argentina) leads the team in singles with a 9-5 overall record.  He won both of his matches at No. 3 last weekend.  Freshman Luke Saunders (Halifax, Nova Scotia) also won both of his singles in the opening weekend, posting straight-set wins at No. 5 and No. 6. 

Head coach Carlos Garcia is still shuffling the Mocs lineup.  Senior's Chris Smith (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Roberto Vieira (Bedfordview, South Africa) flipped between the top-two singles slots, but both lots twice over the weekend.  Vieira is looking to snap a five-match losing streak, dating back to fall tournament play.  He is trying to become the Mocs first four-time All-Southern Conference player since Jason Ontog (2000-03).

Belmont is 0-1 on the year, having lost its season-opener at No. 19 Tennessee (7-0) on Saturday, Jan. 19.  The Bruins enter their spring season led by a pair of seniors.  Fernando Mussolini leads the team with a 5-4 singles record, while fellow senior Henrique Norbiato is 5-5 in singles.

The Mocs have won the last two matches in the series with Belmont, escaping with a narrow 4-3 win in last year's matchup on Feb. 10 at the Hixson Racquet Club.  The Bruins won the doubles point, but Vieira, Smith, Barroetavena and senior Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.) all won in singles action.  Barroetavena's three-set (5-7, 7-5, 6-3) win over Rafael Matos at No. 4 was the decider in the tightly contested affair.

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