The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s tennis team will celebrate Senior Day against Samford on Saturday, April 13. The Lady Mocs host the Bulldogs at the UTC Tennis Courts at 1:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) in the final home match for lone senior Jenna Nurik. A link for live scoring is available on the women’s tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com.
A native of Roswell, Ga., Nurik is closing out an outstanding four-year career. She is trying to become the first Lady Moc to earn All-Southern Conference honors four times. She is 20-10 in singles action this season and 14-4 in the No. 1 position in spring duals. She also has an 18-7 mark in doubles play and is 10-4 in spring duals.
Nurik is also a three-time ITA Scholar Athlete and a two-time member of the Academic All-SoCon team. She carries a 3.91 g.p.a. as a Psychology major.
UTC is 16-4 overall and sixth in the SoCon at 5-4. The Lady Mocs have equaled last year’s win total and one more will be the most victories since going 17-6 in 1999. UTC is trying to post a 6-4 mark in league play for the third year in a row.
Samford is 8-13 overall and tied for seventh in the SoCon at 3-6. The Bulldogs dropped a 4-3 match with Middle Tennessee earlier in the week. Kristen Lewis leads the team with a 10-10 mark at No. 1 while Emily Mallory is 12-7 at No. 4 and No. 5.
Samford has won five of the last six matches in the series. The Lady Mocs scored a 4-3 win in the last meeting at the SoCon Championships in Charleston, S.C., on April 20, 2012. The all-time series is knotted at 11-11.
Junior Alexa Flynn (Memphis, Tenn.) is on a roll in singles action, winning each of her last seven matches. She is 16-8 overall and 11-2 in spring play. Freshman Kayla Jones leads the SoCon with 17 singles wins in the spring. She is 28-5 overall and 6-3 in SoCon matches. Sophomore Claire Mulyadi (Semarang, Indonesia) has the best spring winning percentage at 13-2 (.867).
Flynn and freshman Kelsey Coots (Huntsville, Ala.) lead the SoCon with a 7-0 doubles mark. They are 5-0 in SoCon matches, playing all but one contest at No. 2.