Men's Tennis Drops 5-2 Decision at Tennessee Tech
Freshman Robert Diamond
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. --- The men's tennis team took two of three doubles matches to earn the doubles point against Tennessee Tech Thursday but could only manage one singles win the rest of the way, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Eagles.

The Mocs won the first and third doubles matches with the teams of Badr Bouabdellah/Pavel Vostrikov and Hasan Hamadeh/Rick van de Bovenkamp scoring 8-6 and 8-2 wins respectively.

Freshman Robert Diamond was the only Chattanooga player, however, to pull out a singles victory. Diamond, playing at No. 5 singles, defeated James Crawford, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 as the Mocs avoided a shutout in singles play.

Chattanooga's No. 1 singles player, junior Peter Sauska, sat out the match to rest a nagging injury. Everyone moved up in the singles lineup, and van de Bovenkamp, a freshman, slid into the sixth spot.

Tennessee Tech, having one of its best seasons in several years, improved to 16-4 overall. A loss at Louisville Wednesday ended the Eagles' eight-match win streak.

Chattanooga, now 12-9 overall, will prepare for the upcoming Southern Conference Championships which will be played April 17-20 in Charleston, S.C.


Cookeville, Tenn.

Doubles (for one team point)

1. Bouabdellah/Vostrikov (UTC) def. O'Brien/Vaglietti (TTU), 8-6

2. Gilioli/Zarco (TTU) vs. Axente/Diamond (UTC), 8-2

3. Hamadeh/van de Bovenkamp (UTC) def. Crawford/Gomez (TTU), 8-2


1. Borja Zarco (TTU) def. Badr Bouabdellah (UTC), 6-1, 6-1

2. Tiago Gilioli (TTU) def. Razvan Axente (UTC), 6-4, 6-3

3. Dean O'Brien (TTU) def. Pavel Vostrikov (UTC), 6-2, 6-1

4. Giovanni Vaglietti (TTU) def. Hasan Hamadeh (UTC), 6-3, 6-1

5. Robert Diamond (UTC) def. James Crawford (TTU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

6. Mario Gutierrez (TTU) def. Rick van de Bovenkamp (UTC), 6-4, 6-3

Team records: UTC (12-9), Tennessee Tech (16-4)

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