The men's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to Elon Saturday in its Southern Conference opener and had its seven-match win streak snapped in the process.
Elon, the defending SoCon champions, claimed two of three doubles matches and five of six singles matches to take home the victory.
“Elon is as good or better than they were last year,” UTC Head Coach Carlos Garcia said. “We have some inexperience at the bottom of the lineup, and we hope today's match will lead to better things as the season progresses.”
Chattanooga senior Razvan Axente kept the Phoenix from completing a clean sweep. He was part of a winning doubles tandem and earned the Mocs' only team point with a victory at No. 2 singles.
The Phoenix, 6-3, 1-0, owned an early 1-0 lead after capturing the second and third doubles matches. Axente and teammate Peter Sauska recorded an 8-7 win at No. 1 doubles, defeating the team of Damon Gooch and Philip Nemec.
Axente defeated Oscar Podlewski at the No. 2 singles position, winning a superbreaker in the third set. Axente won by a score of 7-6, 3-6, 10-7.
Elon's Mason Schermerhorn handed Sauska his first singles loss of the season. Schermerhorn was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Sauska at No. 3.
Other singles winners for the Phoenix were Gooch at No. 1, Alberto Rojas at No. 4, Nemec at No. 5 and Chase Helpingstine at No. 6.
The Mocs, 8-2, 0-1, are back in action Tuesday hosting Mercer at 2 p.m.
ELON 6, CHATTANOOGA 1
Champion's Club, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Doubles (for one team point)
1. Axente/Sauska (UTC) def. Gooch/Nemec (Elon), 8-7
2. Rojas/Schermerhorn (Elon) def. Bouabdellah/Vostrikov (UTC), 8-4
3. Helpingstine/Podlewski (Elon) def. Hamadeh/van de Bovenkamp (UTC), 8-5
1. Damon Gooch (Elon) def. Badr Bouabdellah (UTC), 6-2, 6-0
2. Razvan Axente (UTC) def. Oscar Podlewski (Elon), 7-6, 3-6, 10-7
3. Mason Schermerhorn (Elon) def. Peter Sauska (UTC), 6-4, 6-4
4. Alberto Rojas (Elon) def. Pavel Vostrikov (UTC), 6-2, 6-3
5. Philip Nemec (Elon) def. Rick van de Bovenkamp (UTC), 6-1, 6-1
6. Chase Helpingstine (Elon) def. Hasan Hamadeh (UTC), 6-1, 6-2
Team records: UTC (8-2, 0-1), Elon (6-3, 1-0)