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Mocs Drop a Heartbreaker to Wofford
Freshman Roberto Vieira
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
The Chattanooga men's tennis lost a closely contested match Saturday afternoon, falling 4-3 to the Wofford Terriers.  The Mocs dropped to 2-11 on the season, and 0-5 in Southern Conference play. Wofford is now 7-7 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

Chattanooga earned the doubles point when freshmen Ryan Pool and Roberto Viera closed out the No. 1 spot with a 7-2 tiebreaker win. Freshmen Chris Smith and Stephen Crofford jumped out to a lead early at No. 2 but could not hold on, dropping the first doubles match 8-5.

Freshman William Disterdick and sophomore Sam Parfitt were strong throughout in claiming an 8-4 win in their doubles match.

In singles play, the Terriers got right back into the contest with a 6-2, 6-3 win from Tom Wood over Parfitt at No. 5. Roberto Viera took No. 1 shortly after, with just as dominating of a win, defeating Tinus Van Wyk 6-2, 6-1.  It was just Viera's third match of the season at the No. 1 position, and he improved to 2-1 at the top spot. He also moved to .500, 6-6, in dual match action this year.

Wofford took the next two matches - each in straight sets - to move within one of the decisive fourth point. Stuart Robinson defeated Pool at No. 2, 6-4, 6-2.  Manoli Lakis followed that with a win over Disterdick at No. 6, 6-3, 6-4.

The two remaining matches went back and forth before Mocs freshman Jackson Tresnan finally relented in a long two set match. Michael Schecter took the No. 4 spot and earned the deciding point in the match, 6-3, 6-3, although it was much more hard-fought than the scores indicate.

To close out the afternoon, Smith defeated Paul Bartholomy to make the final score 4-3 in favor of the Terriers. The win for Smith improved his team-best singles record to 10-11.

The Mocs are back in action tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. (E.D.T.) against Furman on the UTC Tennis Courts. The match will be preceded by the Lady Mocs, who are scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m.  Live scoring will be available for both matches on GoMocs.com.

Wofford 4, Chattanooga 3

Doubles Competition

Robert Viera/Ryan Pool (UTC) def. Stuart Robertson/Tom Wood (WOF) - 9-8 (7-2)

Tinus Van Wyk/Paul Bartholomy (WOF) def. Chris Smith/Stephen Crofford (UTC) - 8-5

William Disterdick/Sam Parfitt (UTC) def. Manoli Lakis/Drew Superstein (WOF) - 8-4

Singles Competition

Roberto Viera (UTC) def. Tinus Van Wyk (WOF) - 6-2, 6-1

Stuart Robinson (WOF) def. Ryan Pool (UTC) - 6-4, 6-2

Chris Smith (UTC) def. Paul Bartholomy (WOF) - 6-1, 4-6, 6-4

Michael Schecter (WOF) def. Jackson Tresnan (UTC) - 6-3, 6-3

Tom Wood (WOF) def. Sam Parfitt (UTC) - 6-2, 6-3

Manoli Lakis (WOF) def. William Disterdick (UTC) - 6-3, 6-4

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