Senior Jorge Varon.
Courtesy: Dale Rutemeyer
Mocs Close Out Regular Season Wednesday vs. Samford

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s tennis team wraps up the 2014 regular season on Wednesday, hosting Samford at the UTC Tennis Courts.  First serve against the Bulldogs is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.).

The Mocs are 6-12 overall and 1-7 in Southern Conference action.  UTC has been in each of the last two matches, dropping 4-3 decisions to both Georgia Southern and Appalachian State. 

Junior Pavels Grigorjevs has won three in a row at No. 1, where he is 5-4 this spring.  Sophomore Luke Saunders is also on a three-match winning streak and is 8-5 at No. 3.  He sports a 4-2 record in SoCon singles action and leads the team with 14 singles wins overall.

This will be the final home match at the UTC Tennis Courts for Chattanooga senior Jorge Varon.  A native of Valencia, Venezuela, Varon transferred to UTC from East Tennessee State prior to the start of the season and has played in the top of the lineup all year.  He is 10-19 overall in singles action, including a 4-3 mark at No. 2.  He also has five wins at No. 1 doubles with sophomore teammate John Peacey

Samford is 7-9 overall and 4-3 in league matches.  The Bulldogs have won two-straight, including a 6-1 victory against Georgia Southern on Saturday.  Elliott Barnwell leads the team with an 11-5 mark at No. 1 singles.  He is also 6-1 in SoCon matches.  He and Trey Carter have both won five in a row.  Carter is 7-8 overall at No. 5. 

A link for live scoring for the match is available on the men’s tennis schedule page on

Both teams will be back in action at next week’s Southern Conference Tournament.  The event is April 16-19 at the Champions Club in Chattanooga.  

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