Mocs Take on SoCon Pair This Week
Sophomore Chris Smith
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team will face a pair of Southern Conference opponents this week.  The Mocs first travel to Samford on Wednesday, March 30, for a 3:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) contest.  The College of Charleston visits the Scenic City on Saturday, April 2, at 1:00 p.m. on the UTC Tennis Courts. 

GoMocs.com, the official website of Chattanooga Athletics, will have live scoring available for all of the Mocs' home matches this spring.  A link to the live scoring for the dual with the Cougars is available on the men's tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com. 

UTC is 7-10 overall and trying to snap a three-match losing streak.  The Mocs are currently in eighth place in the SoCon at 2-3.  Chattanooga's seven wins equal their win total from the last two seasons combined (2-16 in 2009 and 5-15 in 2010).  It is the most wins in a season since going 12-10 in 2008.   

Sophomore Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.) leads the team with a 13-10 mark in singles play.  He was 8-1 at No. 4 but has moved up to No. 3 over the last three weeks where he is 3-3.  Eleven of his 13 wins have come during the spring dual season. 

Sophomore Roberto Vieira (Bedfordview, South Africa) has won seven of his last nine to improve his record to 11-9, including a 7-5 mark at No. 1.  Senior Rick van de Bovenkamp (Oud-Beyerland, The Netherlands) has a career-best 8-10 record in singles play. 

Sophomore Chris Smith (Johnson City, Tenn.) is 6-4 in his last 10 matches and has a 9-12 overall mark at No. 2.  Classmate William Disterdick (Hixson, Tenn.) is 6-12 overall. 

The Mocs are guided by head coach Carlos Garcia, who is in his 10th season at UTC.  He scored his 100th career victory as the men's coach at UTC earlier in the year.  He is currently 103-122 in his tenure with the Mocs.   

Samford is 13-4 overall and 3-2 in the SoCon.  They are currently tied for fifth in the league race.  The Bulldogs are led by Kadi Carson who is 10-6 at No. 1.  Oliver Reynolds has won seven-straight and is 12-2 at No. 4. 

The College of Charleston is third in the SoCon with a 3-1 mark.  They are also 9-5 overall and led by Michael Trintignac's 11-3 mark at No. 2.  He has won seven of his last eight matches while Tom Delme is 8-2 at No. 3 and has won six in a row. 

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