Mocs Host Samford to Close Out the Regular Season
Junior Sam Parfitt
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team wraps up the 2012 regular season with a visit from Samford this week.  The Mocs host the Bulldogs on Friday, April 13, at the UTC Tennis Courts.  First serve is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) and a link for live scoring will be available on the men's tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com. 

UTC does not have a senior on the roster, but this will be the final home match for junior Sam Parfitt.  The Norwich, England, native has one semester remaining to complete his degree in History.  A four-year member of the team, Parfitt redshirted in 2010-11 and has gone 1-2 as a doubles player this season.  Parfitt has been on the Dean's List throughout his career and was an Academic All-SoCon selection in 2010. 

Parfitt is going out on a high note as the Mocs are enjoying their best season since 2007.  UTC is currently 13-7 overall and 4-5 in the Southern Conference race. 

The Bulldogs are second in the SoCon with an 8-1 record and 14-4 overall.  Chattanooga has split the last two meetings with Samford, falling 6-1 last season and posting a 4-3 win in 2010. 

Junior Manuel Barroetavena (Buenos Aires, Argentina) is leading the way with a 19-7 singles record.  He is the reigning SoCon Player of the Month and has an 8-1 total in league singles matches. 

Junior Roberto Vieira (Bedfordview, South Africa) is a two-time All-SoCon performer who is getting back on track after battling a nagging foot injury over the last month.  He has won three-straight at No. 1 and is currently 14-10 overall and 10-6 in the spring. 

Junior Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.) has a 13-7 singles record, all in spring action.  He had a nine-match winning streak earlier in the year that won him SoCon Player of the Month honors for February.  He is 9-4 at the No. 5 position. 

Freshman Pavels Grigorjevs (Riga, Latvia) is 7-3 in his last 10 matches and has a 5-3 record against conference opponents.  He is 7-4 at No. 6. 

Junior Chris Smith (Johnson City, Tenn.) is 12-14 overall but 8-3 at his usual spot at No. 2.  Junior Ankit Chopra (Chandigrah, India) is 13-15 overall and 6-6 at No. 3. 

The doubles lineup changes from week to week, depending on the matchups.  Parfitt and junior Stephen Crofford (Franklin, Tenn.) have both seen action in the doubles lineup during the spring.

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