The women’s team hosts Mercer Saturday at 3 p.m. and Southern Conference foe UNC Greensboro Sunday at 10 a.m., while the men entertain The Citadel Saturday at noon in a SoCon matchup. All three matches will be played outdoors at the UTC Tennis Complex.
UTC, 3-8 overall, has lost four in a row, but those have come against a difficult lineup of Middle Tennessee, Birmingham-Southern, UAB and the College of Charleston.
UTC’s last loss against the Cougars was the SoCon opener for the Lady Mocs. In the match, Anastasia Zhukova provided the only point for UTC, winning her ninth match in 10 outings this season. Zhukova, ranked 31st nationally last week, fell to No. 51 in the national singles rankings in the poll released this week.
Mercer, 1-10 overall, enters Saturday’s match on a six-match losing skid. Included in that string is a 5-2 loss to SoCon member Western Carolina. The Bears defeated UTC 5-2 last season.
UNC Greensboro, 4-3 overall, will play its initial SoCon match Sunday. UTC edged UNCG 4-3 last year, a win which sparked a four-match victory string.
The men’s team went through the month of February unscathed and carried a nine-match winning streak into last weekend’s contest with the College of Charleston.
The match came down to three-set decisions at No. 1 and 3 singles, and the Cougars pulled out a 4-3 victory.
Peter Sauska extended his personal winning streak to 10 matches with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 win at No. 3 singles over Justin Malina. Mark Fynn and Sauska are tied for the team lead with 12-2 records.
The Citadel, 2-6, is facing a SoCon opponent for the first time this year. Daniel Dossetor made Bulldog program history this year by becoming the first Citadel player to earn a national tennis ranking. He is ranked No. 118 in this week’s rankings, and he and partner James Eason are ranked 20th in doubles.
All three matches are free and open to the public.