Mocs Fall to Furman 7-0
Freshman Roberto Vieira
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team dropped a tough 7-0 match to Furman today.  The Mocs fought hard and pushed a pair of singles matches to three sets before falling to the visiting Paladins. 

Weather forced the contest from the UTC Tennis Courts to the indoor surfaces at nearby Manker Patten Tennis Club.  The opening doubles competition was a lively battle from the beginning.  Furman took the first two matches to secure the point with wins at No. 2 and 3.  However, Freshmen Roberto Vieira and Ryan Pool helped UTC avoid the sweep with an 8-6 win over Sawyer Duncan and Chris Motes at No. 1.

Furman swept all of the singles matches, but two Mocs would not go down without a fight.  Freshman Chris Smith dropped his first set 6-1 to Carl Lundberg, but returned the favor with a 6-1 win in the second set.  They went back and forth in the third before Lundberg pulled out a 6-4 win. 

Vieira and Duncan engaged in an epic battle that started with a 7-6 first-set win for Vieira.  He won the tiebreaker 8-6 to take the opener.  Duncan fought back with a 6-2 win in the second.  With the match already decided the two played a super-tiebreaker to decide the outcome.  Trailing 7-4, Vieira battled back and had a match point at 8-7.  He was unable to put the game away and Duncan eventually won 11-9. 

With the loss, UTC falls to 2-12 on the season and 0-5 in SoCon action.  Furman improved to 8-9 overall and remains undefeated in SoCon action at 5-0.  Chattanooga is back in action next weekend when they host The Citadel on Friday, April 2.  The match with the Bulldogs is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) on the UTC Tennis Courts.  Live scoring will be available on GoMocs.com. 

Furman 7, Chattanooga 0

Doubles competition

1. Ryan Pool/Roberto Vieira (UTC) def. Sawyer Duncan/Chris Motes (FUR) - 8-6

2. Carl Lundberg/Jordan Walters (FUR) def. Chris Smith/Jackson Tresnan (UTC) - 8-4

3. Watson George/Andrew Mellow (FUR) def. William Disterdick/Rick van de Bovenkamp (UTC) - 8-6

Singles competition

1. Sawyer Duncan (FUR) def. Roberto Vieira (UTC) - 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 1-0 (11-9)

2. Chris Motes (FUR) def. Ryan Pool (UTC) - 6-1, 6-4

3. Carl Lundberg (FUR) def. Chris Smith (UTC) - 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

4. Jordan Walters (FUR) def. Jackson Tresnan (UTC) - 6-3, 6-4

5. Andrew Mellow (FUR) def. Rick van de Bovenkamp (UTC) - 6-3, 6-2

6. Tyler Droll (FUR) def. Stephen Crofford (UTC) - 6-2, 6-3

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