Sophomore Pavels Grigorjevs.
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Mocs Travel to Davidson & Gardner-Webb This Week
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team hits the road for a pair of matches this week.  The Mocs travel to Davidson on Wednesday, March 6, for a Southern Conference matchup against the Wildcats.  UTC then visits Gardner-Webb in non-conference play on Thursday, March 7.

The Davidson match has a 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) start time at the Covington Tennis Courts in Davidson, N.C.  The Wildcats are 6-3 overall after last week's losses to UNC Wilmington (0-7) and Coastal Carolina (2-5).  This will be the SoCon opener for Davidson. 

UTC has won two of three in the series, including a split in last year's contests.  Davidson won a 4-3 affair in Chattanooga on April 1 with the Mocs posting a 4-3 win in the SoCon Tournament on April 19 in Charleston, S.C.

Chattanooga plays Gardner-Webb on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in Boiling Spring, N.C.  The Bulldogs have won four-straight and are 4-3 overall.  UTC is 2-0 all-time against GWU, including last year's 4-3 nail-biter on Feb. 12 at the Hixson Racquet Club. 

The Mocs are 6-3 overall and 1-0 in SoCon action after Saturday's 4-3 home win over the College of Charleston.  UTC snapped a six-match losing streak with its first win over the Cougars since 2008. 

Senior Manuel Barroetavena (Buenos Aires, Argentina) is currently 8-1 in spring action and has seen time in each of the top three singles slots.  He has settled in at No. 2 where he is 3-1 in the spring. 

He also has a 5-2 record in doubles, teaming with fellow senior Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.).  Tresnan is 6-2 in spring singles, playing the No. 5 or No. 6 positions. 

Head coach Carlos Garcia is in his 12th season at UTC, posting a 124-140 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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