The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team wraps up the 2010 season this week with a home match against Tennessee Wesleyan and a trip to Georgia Southern.
The Mocs take on TWC on Tuesday, April 13, in the final home match of the season. Action begins at 2:30 p.m. (E.D.T.) on the UTC Tennis Courts and live scoring will be available on GoMocs.com.
There are no seniors on the Mocs' roster, so there will be no "Senior Day" festivities for the men's team on Tuesday.
Chattanooga's season finale will take place in Statesboro, Ga., on Saturday, April 17. The Mocs face the Eagles at noon.
The Southern Conference reduced the number of participants in the postseason tournament to four for the 2010 season. The Mocs have already been eliminated and will not compete at this year's SoCon Championships.
The Mocs ended a 17-match slide in SoCon action with their 5-2 win over The Citadel last week. Chattanooga's previous win in conference play was a 4-3 victory at Georgia Southern on April 6, 2008. The Mocs then traveled to Samford on April 7 and posted a 4-3 win over the Bulldogs, their first SoCon road win in two years.
Head coach Carlos Garcia, who is in his ninth year of guiding the men's tennis program, has one of the youngest teams in his career. The roster does not include any seniors and just four juniors. UTC is consistently filling all six spots in the lineup with freshmen.
FRESHMEN LEADING THE WAY
Freshman Roberto Vieira (Bedfordview, South Africa) has stepped up as the Mocs' No. 1 player in recent weeks. He has won four straight matched and is 12-7 overall. He is 6-2 in the No. 1 slot for Chattanooga and 7-3 in his last 10 matches overall.
Freshmen Chris Smith (Johnson City, Tenn.) has also been a solid performer for Chattanooga. He has 10 singles wins and has played in the 2, 3, and 4 spots this spring.
Freshman Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.) was solid at No. 4 for the Mocs last week. He posted wins at Samford and against Memphis to improve to 7-12 on the year.
SCOUTING TENNESSEE WESLEYAN
Located in nearby Athens, Tenn, the Bulldogs are ranked No. 17 in the nation in the NAIA. They are currently 8-2 overall and 3-1 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. TWC has won two straight matches where they did not drop a single point. They defeated Lee 6-3, a team the Mocs also beat 7-0 earlier in the season.
SCOUTING GEORGIA SOUTHERN
The Eagles are 6-13 on the year and 1-6 in SoCon action. Freshman Juan Puigventos leads the team with a 14-4 singles record at No. 1. The Mocs are going for two-straight wins at Georgia Southern, having won on their last tript o Statesboro, 4-3 on April 6, 2008.
Probable Singles Line-up*
1. Roberto Vieira - Fr. - 12-7 (UTC) | Giovanni Santos - Jr. (TWC) | Juan Puigventos - Fr. - 14-4 (MEM)
2. Ryan Pool - Fr. - 8-17 (UTC) | Cody Gaby - Sr. (TWC) | Jayraj Jadeja - Sr. - 7-12 (MEM)
3. Chris Smith - Fr. - 10-16 (UTC) | Neal Baldwin - So. (TWC) | Matthijs Verdam - Fr. - 9-10 (MEM)
4. Jackson Tresnan - Fr. - 7-12 (UTC) | Guilherme Cervazao - Sr. (TWC) | Alain Garrido - So. - 9-9 (MEM)
5. William Disterdick - Fr. - 7-11 (UTC) | Tanner Stancil - So. (TWC) | Justin Flynn - Sr. - 6-9 (MEM)
6. Stephen Crofford - Fr. - 8-10 (UTC) | Eric Chastain - Jr. - (TWC) | Gregory Bekkers - Sr. - 6-13 (MEM)
Probable Doubles Line-up*
1. Pool-Vieira - 3-5 (UTC) - Santos-Gaby (TWC) | Puigventos-Verdam - 4-3 (GSU)
2. Smith-Crofford - 1-10 (UTC) - Juan Baraciella Estevez (Fr.)-Baldwin (TWC) | Jadeja-Flynn - 5-12 (GSU)
3. Disterdick-Tresnan - 2-2 (UTC) - Cervezao-Chastain (TWC) | Bekkers-Edio Castanhel (So.) - 4-4 (GSU)
* Based on each team's last match.