Freshman Kayla Jones.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
Lady Mocs Defeat Mercer 5-2

Playing its first match as a ranked team, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's tennis team posted a 5-2 win at Mercer today.  The Lady Mocs mixed their lineup and improve to 11-2 in spring action.  Mercer dropped to 4-7 with the loss. 

UTC won the first two doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead.  Sophomore Claire Mulyadi (Semarang, Indonesia) and freshman Jovana Pecovski (Apitan, Serbia) opened with an 8-2 win over Roxy Bartz and Natalie Franklin at No. 3.  Junior Alexa Flynn (Memphis, Tenn.) and freshman Kelsey Coots (Huntsville, Ala.) followed with an 8-4 victory over Kaelee Heffner and Liza Klyachkin at No. 2.

Mercer evened the score at 1-1 when Bartz defeated freshman Alison Storie (Johnson City, Tenn.) at No. 6 (6-0, 6-2).  UTC won the next four matches to secure the win. 

Coots put the Lady Mocs up for good with her (6-0, 6-3) win over Franklin at No. 5.  Flynn followed with a (6-0, 6-2) win over Heffner at No. 4. 

Senior Jenna Nurik (Roswell, Ga.) also won in straight sets over Lucie Payrat (6-2, 6-1) at No. 1.  Freshman Kayla Jones (Memphis, Tenn.) also won a tough battle (7-5, 7-5) over Klyachkin at No. 3.

The Lady Mocs have the weekend off before hosting Murray State on Wednesday, March 20.  First serve is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) on the UTC Tennis Courts.  A link for live scoring is available on the women's tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com 

#67 Chattanooga 5, Mercer 1
Mar 13, 2013 at Macon, Ga. (LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center)
Doubles competition
1. Isabel Dennis/Lucia Payrat (MER) vs.
Kaylene Chadwell/Kayla Jones (UTC) 6-3, unfinished
2.
Kelsey Coots/Alexa Flynn (UTC) def. Kealee Heffner/Liza Klyachkin (MER) 8-4
3.
Claire Mulyadi/Jovana Pecovski (UTC) def. Roxy Bartz/Natalie Franklin (MER) 8-2

Singles competition
1.
Jenna Nurik (UTC) def. Lucia Payrat (MER) 6-2, 6-1
2. Isabel Dennis (MER) def. Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) 6-4, 3-2, retired
3. Kayla Jones (UTC) def. Liza Klyachkin (MER) 7-5, 7-5
4. Alexa Flynn (UTC) def. Kealee Heffner (MER) 6-0, 6-2
5. Kelsey Coots (UTC) def. Natalie Franklin (MER) 6-0, 6-3
6. Roxy Bartz (MER) def. Alison Storie (UTC) 6-0, 6-2

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,4,1,3)

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