Freshman Derrick Brown advanced to the semis of the No. 2 main draw today.
Mocs Have Strong Showing in Singles Action at Baras
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s tennis team had a strong showing in singles play on the first day of the UTC Steve Baras Fall Classic at the Champions Club.  The Mocs won 11 matches overall, while two individuals advanced to the semifinals in the main draw.

Freshman Derrick Brown (Marietta, Ga.) started off singles play with a (6-4, 6-3) win over Eastern Kentucky’s Joao Maio in the No. 2 draw.  He went on to post an even more impressive win in the second round.  He defeated Samford’s Austin Ackers (6-3, 4-6, 6-4) in three sets to advance to Saturday’s semifinals.  Ackers was the No. 2 seed in the No. 2 draw. 

Sophomore Gino Delavalle (Rosario, Argentina) is the No. 4 seed in the No. 4 draw.  He also advanced to the semis with a pair of wins today.  He opened with a (6-0, 6-3) win over Belmont’s Hans Nardelli in the first round.  He also scored a second round victory over Lee’s Daniel Hardesty (6-1, 6-2). 

Junior Pavels Grigorjevs (Riga, Latvia) lost his first match in the No. 1 bracket, but is still alive in the backdraw.  He finished his day with a three-set win over No. 4 seed Daridge Saidi of Eastern Kentucky (5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (7)). 

Senior Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) is also alive in the No. 1 consolations.  He scored a (6-3, 6-2) win over EKU’s Juanjo de la Llera after losing his first round match. 

Freshman Marcos Morelli (Pilar, Argentina) will compete in tomorrow’s No. 2 consolations after defeating ETSU’s Joao Silva (6-4, 6-3).  Sophomore Luke Saunders (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and freshman Austin Boaz (Dunwoody, Ga.) are also still alive in the backdraws. 

Play resumes tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. (E.D.T.) at the Champions Club.  Be sure to check back to for complete results and updated draws. 

Singles 1
Nicklas Wingord (ACU) def. Pavels Grigorjevs (UTC) – 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

David Salazar (Lip) def. Jorge Varon (UTC) – 5-7, 7-6, 6-2

Singles 1 Consolations
Pavels Grigorjevs (UTC) def. Daridge Saida (EKU) – 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (7)
Jorge Varon (UTC) def. Juanjo de la Llera (EKU) – 6-3, 6-2

Singles 2
Derrick Brown (UTC) def. Joao Maio (EKU) - 6-4, 6-3

Derrick Brown (UTC) def. Austin Ackers (Samford) – 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Aaron Jumonville (MTSU) def. Marcos Morelli (UTC) – 6-1, 6-2

Singles 2 Consolations
Marcos Morelli (UTC) def. Joao Silva (ETSU) – 6-4, 6-3

Singles 3
John Peacey (UTC) def. Artem Tarasov (TTU) – 6-3, 6-0

Rob MItcell (Lip) def. John Peacey (UTC) – 6-1, 6-4
Miguel Cortez (Lip) def. Luke Saunders (UTC) – 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Singles 3 Consolations
Luke Saunders (UTC) def. Alvaro Cintas (TTU) – 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (7)

Singles 4
Drew Wendel (UTC) def. Michael Morris (ACU) – 6-4, 6-4
Trey Carter (Samford) def. Drew Wendel (UTC) – 6-4, 6-0
Gino Delavalle (UTC) def. Hans Nardelli (Belmont) – 6-0, 6-3
Gino Delavalle (UTC) def. Daniel Hardesty (Lee) – 6-1, 6-2
Orrthon Lima (TTU) def. Austin Boaz (UTC) – 7-5, 6-3

Singles 4 Consolations
Austin Boaz (UTC) def. Danny Butcher (EKU) – 6-3, 6-0


Doubles 1
Vasily Eremeev (ETSU)/Ricardo Pabon (ETSU) def. Pavels Grigorjevs/Jorge Varon (UTC) – 8-7 (7)


Doubles 2
Jason Proctor/Nico Agritelley (ACU) def. John Peacey/Luke Saunders (UTC) – 8-2


Doubles 3
Henrik Claesson/Martjin Verberne (Belmont) def. Drew Wendel/Derrick Brown (UTC) – 8-6


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