Mocs Post 6-1 Win Over Kennesaw State
Junior Chris Smith
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team posted a 6-1 win over Kennesaw State at the Champions Club today.  The Mocs are 7-2 overall and off to their best start since the 2008 season while the Owls drop to 5-4. 

Chattanooga jumped out to a 1-0 lead, winning all three doubles matches.  Only junior Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.) and freshman Pavels Grigorjevs (Riga, Latvia) were challenged in the first three matches.  They won their No. 3 bout 8-6 to improve to 4-3 as a tandem. 

The Mocs continued their strong play, winning the first set in five of the six singles matches.  Grigorjevs was first off the court, defeating Alexander Pena (6-4, 6-4) at No. 6.  Junior Manuel Barroetavena (Buenos Aires, Argentina) gave the Mocs a 3-0 lead with his (6-3, 6-3) win at No. 3. 

The Owls tried to climb back in the match, winning at No. 3 and forcing a third set in two other matches.  Junior Roberto Vieira (Bedfordview, South Africa) put the match out of reach with his three-set win at No. 1.  He moves to 10-7 overall and 6-3 in the spring. 

Tresnan and fellow junior Chris Smith (Johnson City, Tenn.) also had singles wins today.  Smith moves to 7-2 in the spring while Tresnan leads the team with an 8-1 spring tally.

The Mocs are back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 29, hosting Jacksonville State at the Champions Club.  This match was originally scheduled as a road trip to Jacksonville, Ala., but has been moved to the Scenic City.  Action begins at 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T) and will be another double-header with the women's teams.  Live scoring for both matches will be available on GoMocs.com

Chattanooga 6, Kennesaw State 1
Doubles competition
1. Ankit Chopra/Chris Smith (UTC) def. Gianni Kubin/Gokalp Ozdemir (KSU) 8-4
2. Roberto Vieira/Manuel Barroetavena (UTC) def. Louis Theodor/Alex Toliver (KSU) 8-2
3. Jackson Tresnan/Pavels Grigorjevs (UTC) def. Simon Janik/Alexander Pena (KSU) 8-6

Singles competition
1. Roberto Vieira (UTC) def. Alex Toliver (KSU) 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
2. Chris Smith (UTC) def. Louis Theodor (KSU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Simon Janik (KSU) def. Ankit Chopra (UTC) 7-5, 6-4
4. Manuel Barroetavena (UTC) def. Gianni Kubin (KSU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Jackson Tresnan (UTC) def. Gokalp Ozdemir (KSU) 6-3, 6-7 (9-11), 7-6 (10-6)
6. Pavels Grigorjevs (UTC) def. Alexander Pena (KSU) 6-4, 6-4

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