Mocs Host Georgia Southern & Furman in SoCon Action
Junior Roberto Vieira
Fresh off a road split in their opening Southern Conference matches last weekend, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team returns home for two matches this week.  The Mocs host Georgia Southern on Thursday, March 15, and Furman on Sunday, March 18. 

Thursday's match have been moved up to 11:00 a.m. (E.D.T.) due to a threat of rain.  Sunday's contest is still set for 1:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) and both will be played on the UTC Tennis Courts.  Live scoring is planned for both matches and links are available on the men's tennis schedule page on

Georgia Southern is currently 1-12 overall and 0-2 in SoCon action.  Their lone win came against Mercer (5-2) in their season opener on Jan. 27.  The two SoCon losses were against UNCG (3-4) and Davidson (2-5).  Chattanooga split two matches with the Eagles last season.  The Mocs dropped a 4-3 contest in Statesboro on April 17 in the regular season finale, but came back the following week with a 4-3 win in the first round of the SoCon Tournament.    

Furman is 3-8 overall and hosts Coastal Carolina on Tuesday before opening SoCon action at Samford on Friday.  The Paladins have won seven straight against UTC.  The Mocs last win in the series was a 4-3 victory in the 2005 SoCon Tournament in Charleston, S.C.  The last time UTC defeated Furman at home in the regular season was 1989.  Chattanooga lost last year's match 6-1 on the road.       

The Mocs are off to their best start since 2008 with a 9-3 record.  UTC has already surpassed last year's win total and has the most victories in a season since 2008.

Junior Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.) leads the team with a 10-2 singles mark, all in spring action.  He is 8-1 at the No. 5 position and has won 10 of his last 11 outings.  Fellow junior Roberto Vieira (Bedfordview, South Africa) is 11-9 overall and holds down the No. 1 slot where he is 7-5. 

Junior Chris Smith (Johnson City, Tenn.) is No. 2 in the lineup where he is 7-3.  Junior Ankit Chopra (Chandigrah, India) is 4-5 at No. 3 while fellow junior Manuel Barroetavena (Buenos Aires, Argentina) is 7-2 since entering the lineup at No. 4.  Freshman Pavels Grigorjevs (Riga, Latvia) is solidifying his role at No. 6 where he is 6-2 this spring. 

The doubles lineup includes Chopra and Smith at No. 1, Vieira and Barroetavena at No. 2 and Grigorjevs and Tresnan at No. 3.  The Mocs have won the doubles point in five of the last six matches. 

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