Men's Tennis Wins on the Road at Georgia Southern
Freshman Robert Diamond (photo by Robert Baudier)

STATESBORO, Ga. --- The men’s tennis team captured its second consecutive 4-3 Southern Conference victory Sunday with a one-point win at Georgia Southern.


Freshman Robert Diamond’s 7-5, 6-2 win at the No. 6 singles position over GSU’s Rasim Magafurov clinched the win for the Mocs and improved their team record to 12-8 overall and 3-6 in the SoCon.


The Eagles, 8-11, 4-5, took the early 1-0 lead by winning the first and third doubles matches.


Chattanooga earned three more straight sets victories in the singles competition before Diamond’s match clincher to make up for the doubles loss.


Junior Peter Sauska scored a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles over Joris De Weerdt, senior Badr Bouabdellah defeated Borja Malet at the second spot, 6-2, 6-3, and junior Pavel Vostrikov registered a 6-2, 6-3 win over Mark Paetz at No. 4.


The Eagles picked up their two remaining team points at No. 3 and No. 5 singles.  Gregory Bekkers needed three sets to defeat senior Razvan Axente, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 at No. 3 and Philip Prins was a 6-0, 6-3 winner over freshman Hasan Hamadeh at No. 5.


Chattanooga closes out the regular season Thursday at Tennessee Tech at 2:30 p.m.


Chattanooga 4, Georgia Southern 3
Hanner Tennnis Complex, Statesboro, Ga.

Doubles (for one team point)

1. Malet/De Weerdt (GSU) def. Bouabdellah/Axente (UTC) 8-1

2. Diamond/Sauska (UTC) def. Sands/Paetz (GSU) 8-4

3. Prins/Bekkers (GSU) def. Vostrikov/Van de Bovenkamp (UTC) 9-7



1. Peter Sauska (UTC) def. Joris De Weerdt (GSU) 6-1, 6-4

2. Badr Bouabdellah (UTC) def. Borja Malet (GSU) 6-2, 6-3

3. Gregory Bekkers (GSU) def. Razvan Axente (UTC) 6-4, 2-6, 6-0

4. Pavel Vostrikov (UTC) def. Mark Paetz (GSU) 6-2, 6-3

5. Philip Prins (GSU) def. Hasan Hamadeh (UTC) 6-0, 6-3

6. Robert Diamond (UTC) def. Rasim Magafurov (GSU) 7-5, 6-2


Team records: UTC (12-8, 3-6); Georgia Southern (8-11, 4-5)



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