Mocs Drop 6-1 Match at Gardner-Webb
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team dropped a 6-1 non-conference match at Gardner-Webb today.  The Mocs fall to 6-5 overall while the Bulldogs improved to 5-3. 

UTC was swept in doubles action for just the second time this year.  GWU took two matches that went to tie-breakers to grab a 1-0 lead.  The Mocs lost at No. 2, but freshmen John Peacey (Emerald, Australia) and Luke Saunders (Halifax, Nova Scotia) were locked in a tight bout at No. 3 with Brendan Dempsey and Benjamin Kaszas.  UTC forced a breaker at 8-8, but the Bulldogs won the final frame 9-7.

With the point decided, UTC's No. 1 duo of sophomore Pavels Grigorjevs (Riga, Latvia) and Chris  Smith (Johnson City, Tenn.) played a tie-breaker at 7-7.  GWU also won that match with a 7-3 victory in the last frame. 

The Mocs were without No. 1 senior Roberto Vieira (Bedfordview, South Africa) who suffered an injury in yesterday's match at Davidson.  The Mocs were only able to get one win in singles play, a three-setter from senior Ankit Chopra (Chandigrah, India) at No. 3.  He took out Kaszas (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) to improve to 10-8 overall and 5-4 in spring action. 

UTC returns home on Saturday, March 16, to host SoCon foe UNCG.  Match time is set for 1:00 p.m. on the UTC Tennis Courts.  A link for live scoring is available on the men's tennis schedule page on 

Gardner-Webb 6, Chattanooga 1
Mar 07, 2013 at Boiling Springs, N.C.
Doubles competition
1. A. Knutsson-Sundblad/Matthew Parker (GWU) def. Pavels Grigorjevs/Chris Smith (UTC) - 8-7 (7-3)
2. Nikita Zverkov/Ernest Alberch (GWU) def. Stephen Crofford/Ankit Chopra (UTC) - 8-4
3. Brendan Dempsey/Benjamin Kaszas (GWU) def. John Peacey/Luke Saunders (UTC) - 9-8 (9-7)

Singles competition
1. A. Knutsson-Sundblad (GWU) def. Manuel Barroetavena (UTC) - 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5)
2. Roman Piftor (GWU) def. Chris Smith (UTC) - 7-6 (7-0), 6-0
3. Ankit Chopra (UTC) def. Benjamin Kaszas (GWU) - 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. Ernest Alberch (GWU) def. Jackson Tresnan (UTC) - 6-3, 6-3
5. Brendan Dempsey (GWU) def. Luke Saunders (UTC) - 6-1, 6-3
6. Nikita Zverkov (GWU) def. John Peacey (UTC) - 0-6, 6-3, 6-3

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