Mocs Host Georgia Southern in SoCon Opening Round at the Champions Club
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is hosting the 2011 Southern Conference Tennis Championships at the Champions Club this week.  The Mocs are set to face Georgia Southern on Wednesday, April 20, at 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) in the opening round.  This is a rematch from Saturday's regular season finale won by the Eagles, 4-3. 

UTC is the No. 9 seed in the tournament after posting a 2-8 SoCon record.  Chattanooga looks to end an eight-match losing streak when they face the Eagles.  The Mocs went 7-15 overall, equaling their win total from the last two seasons combined (2-16 in 2009 and 5-15 in 2010).  It is also the most wins in a season since going 12-10 in 2008.   

Georgia Southern grabbed the No. 8 seed with last weekend's win over UTC.  GSU went 3-7 in SoCon play and 11-11 overall.  Juan Melian Puigventos leads Georgia Southern with a 21-1 overall record.  He has won 15-straight and went 10-0 in SoCon singles action. 

Chattanooga fields a very young team that regularly includes five sophomores and one senior in the lineup.  UTC is gaining more and more experience with each outing and is poised for a run on its home courts.  The winner of the GSU-Chattanooga match will advance to face top-seeded Elon on Thursday.  The Mocs narrowly missed an upset of the Phoenix, losing at home 4-3 during the regular season. 

Sophomore Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.) leads the team with a 14-13 mark in singles play.  He was 8-1 at No. 4 but, is 4-8 since moving up to No. 2 and No. 3.  Twelve of his 14 wins have come during the spring dual season. 

Sophomore Roberto Vieira (Bedfordview, South Africa) has won seven of his last 11 to improve his record to 12-11.  He is 8-7 at No. 1 and 5-3 in SoCon matches. 

Senior Rick van de Bovenkamp (Oud-Beyerland, The Netherlands) snapped a personal seven-match slide last weekend with a win at No. 4 against Georgia Southern.  He is the lone senior in the Mocs' regular lineup and has a career-high nine wins on the year.   

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 103-127 in his tenure with the Mocs. 

The last time Chattanooga hosted the SoCon Championships was during the 2000 season at Baylor and McCallie.  The Mocs won the tournament that year, advancing to the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history.

The Mocs have won 12 SoCon Championships in school history.  That is second only to the 14 won by Furman among all league schools. 

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