The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s tennis team rebounded from its first loss of the season on Friday with a nice 4-2 win over Murray State this afternoon. Chattanooga dropped the doubles point, but fought back with four wins in singles action to improve to 4-1.
UTC only lost the doubles point five times all of last season, and only once in those matches did the Mocs come back to win the dual. Chattanooga was in quick hole when Andrea Eskauriatza and Erin Patton defeated senior Alexa Flynn and sophomore Kelsey Coots 6-0 at No. 2.
Junior Kaylene Chadwell and sophomore Kayla Jones were locked in a 5-5 match at No. 1 with Eleonore and Verginie Tchakarova, but Murray State won at No. 3 to take the point. Megan Blue and Carla Suga pulled that one out 6-4 over sophomore Claire Mulyadi and freshman Rachele Gazzola.
With just four courts available at the Memphis University School, and No. 5 and No. 6 not competing in yesterday’s 4-0 loss to No. 33 Memphis, singles play started with 1, 2, 5 and 6.
Chadwell tied the team score at 1-1 with a dominating (6-0, 6-0) win over Suga at No. 2. Murray State went back up 2-1 when Eskauriatza downed Jones (6-3, 6-4) at No. 1.
The Mocs went on to win the next three matches to grab the team victory. Flynn clinched the match with a three-set win over Eleonore Tchakarova (6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)) at No. 3.
UTC stays on the road next weekend, visiting No. 26 Tennessee on Sunday, Feb. 16. The next home match is Thursday, Feb. 20 against Mercer.
Chattanooga 4, Murray State 2
Feb 08, 2014 at Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis University School)
1. Eleonore Tchakarova/Verginie Tchakarova (MSU) vs. Kaylene Chadwell/Kayla Jones (UTC) - 5-5, unfinished
2. Andrea Eskauriatza/Erin Patton (MSU) def. Kelsey Coots/Alexa Flynn (UTC) - 6-0
3. Megan Blue/Carla Suga (MSU) def. Rachele Gazzola/Claire Mulyadi (UTC) - 6-4
1. Andrea Eskauriatza (MSU) def. Kayla Jones (UTC) - 6-3, 6-4
2. Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) def. Carla Suga (MSU) - 6-0, 6-0
3. Alexa Flynn (UTC) def. Eleonore Tchakarova (MSU) -6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
4. Megan Blue (MSU) vs. Kelsey Coots (UTC) - 4-6, 1-4, unfinished
5. Claire Mulyadi (UTC) def. Verginie Tchakarova (MSU) - 6-2, 6-4
6. Alison Storie (UTC) def. Erin Patton (MSU) - 7-6 (7-4), 6-3