Senior Stephen Crofford.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
Mocs Travel to No. 22 North Carolina for Sunday Match
After a weather-induced two-week hiatus from the courts, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team travels to No. 22 North Carolina this weekend.  The Mocs take on the Tar Heels on Sunday, Feb. 24.  Match time is set for 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T) in Chapel Hill, N.C., and a link for live scoring is available on the men's tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com.

The Mocs are 5-2 overall after a pair of matches were put off last weekend due to cold weather.  UTC will likely make up the match with Lee University later in the spring, but not the trip to UAB. 

In its last action, Chattanooga lost a tight 4-3 home bout with Austin Peay before traveling to Murray State for a 6-1 win on Feb 8 and Feb. 10, respectively.  The Mocs other loss was a 5-2 setback in the season opener to No. 63 Georgia State on Jan. 20. Chattanooga also has wins over regional rivals Tennessee Tech, Belmont, Jacksonville State and North Alabama.

North Carolina is also 5-2 on the season, with wins over Wofford, Gardner-Webb, Tulsa, Navy and James Madison.  The two losses were to No. 19 Tennessee (4-1) and No. 41 Louisville (4-2).  Three individuals are nationally ranked for UNC, including No. 20 Esben Hess-Olesen, No. 77 Brett Clark and No. 80 Nelson Vick. 

The Mocs are 0-2 all-time against North Carolina, including a 6-3 loss on March 19, 1983, and a 6-1 setback on Feb. 7, 2003. 

Senior Manuel Barroetavena (Buenos Aires, Argentina) is currently 7-0 in spring action and has seen time in each of the top three singles slots. He also has a 4-1 record in doubles, teaming with fellow senior Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.).

Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.) is also undefeated in spring singles at 6-0. He has played the 4-6 spots in dual matches, and is 4-0 at No. 6. Freshman Luke Saunders (Halifax, Nova Scotia) is 3-0 in singles and is back with the team after competing in the Canadian Curling Junior National Championships.

Head coach Carlos Garcia is in his 12th season at UTC, posting a 123-139 overall record. UTC has increased its win total in each of the last three seasons. The 14-9 mark in 2012 was the best record for the program since 2007.

The Mocs also set a program record with a 3.46 team grade-point-average in the fall. All nine members of the team made the Athletics Director's Honor Roll with a 3.0+ semester g.p.a., while seven made the Dean's List.

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