Mocs Come Up Short in Regular Season Finale at Georgia Southern
Senior Rick van de Bovenkamp
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team lost its regular season finale at Georgia Southern 4-3 today.  The Mocs close out the year with a 7-15 overall record and 2-8 in Southern Conference action.  Georgia Southern improves to 10-12 overall and 3-7 in league matches. 

UTC almost grabbed the opening doubles point, despite dropping the first doubles match.  Sophomore Roberto Vieira (Bedfordview, South Africa) and freshman Orlando Lourenco (Chattanooga, Tenn.) fell at No. 3, but sophomores Stephen Crofford (Franklin, Tenn.) and Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.) took the No. 2 match. 

That left the top doubles bout as the decider.  Sophomores Chris Smith (Johnson City, Tenn.) and William Disterdick (Hixson, Tenn.) pushed the Eagles to a tiebreaker, but lost the match 9-8. 

Trailing 1-0, senior Rick van de Bovenkamp (Oud-Beyerland, The Netherlands) quickly tied the match with his win at No. 4.  He snapped a personal seven-match losing streak in singles play to score his single-season career-high ninth win. 

After losing at No. 2, the Mocs again tied the match with a win by Crofford at No. 6.  Crofford also snapped a long losing skid, ending a six-match slide with his fifth win of the year. 

The Eagles went on to score wins at No. 1 and No. 5 to clinch the team victory.  Tresnan eventually won his team-high 14th match of the year at No. 3, but it wasn't enough to hold off Georgia Southern. 

Both teams will now turn their attention to the SoCon Championships, hosted by Chattanooga at the Champions Club.  Action is scheduled for April 20-23.  Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com on Monday for pairings and match times. 

Georgia Southern 4, Chattanooga 3
Apr 17, 2011 at Statesboro, Ga. (Hanner Tennis Complex)
Doubles competition
1. J. Melian Puigventos/Matthijs Verdam (GSU) def.
Chris Smith/William Disterdick (UTC) - 9-8 (7-3)
2.
Stephen Crofford/Jackson Tresnan (UTC) def. Edio Castanhel/Marco Osorio (GSU) - 8-6
3. Alain Garrido/Derrick Davison (GSU) def.
Roberto Vieira/Orlando Lourenco (UTC) - 8-2

Singles competition
1. J. Melian Puigventos (GSU) def.
Roberto Vieira (UTC) - 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
2. Matthijs Verdam (GSU) def.
Chris Smith (UTC) - 6-4, 6-3
3.
Jackson Tresnan (UTC) def. Alain Garrido (GSU) - 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 2-3, retired
4.
Rick van de Bovenkamp (UTC) def. Edio Castanhel (GSU) - 7-5, 6-2
5. Mark Paetz (GSU) def.
William Disterdick (UTC) - 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
6.
Stephen Crofford (UTC) def. Sebastien Felt (GSU) - 6-4, 7-5

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