The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s tennis team opens its 2014 home schedule with a pair of matches this weekend. UTC hosts Lipscomb on Friday, Jan. 31, and Evansville on Sunday, Feb. 2, at McCallie’s Strang-Voges Tennis Center. Live scoring links for both matches are available on the women’s tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com.
First serve against the Bison is set for 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) Friday. Sunday’s match with the Purple Aces starts at Noon. Evansville and Lipscomb will also play a neutral match at McCallie at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
UTC won its season-opener on the road last weekend with a 7-0 shutout at Austin Peay. Lipscomb sits at 2-0 with wins over UT-Martin (4-3) and Belmont (6-1) during its opening weekend. Evansville is 0-1 after falling at Middle Tennessee 4-3 on Saturday.
Sophomore Kayla Jones leads Chattanooga with a 10-3 overall singles record this season. Junior Kaylene Chadwell was in the lineup at No. 2 at Austin Peay last week, followed by senior Alexa Flynn and sophomore Kelsey Coots.
Coots was a second-team All-SoCon pick in 2013. Both Coots and Jones made the SoCon All-Freshman squad.
Jeff Clark is in the sixth year of his second stint as head coach of the Lady Mocs tennis program. He coached UTC's men's and women's programs for three year from 1999-01, and returned to UTC to take over the women's team in 2008. His career mark with the women currently stands at 114-89 in just over nine seasons overall.
Clark has five of his top six, and eight of nine letter winners, back from last year’s team that went 18-6. That was the most wins for the program since 1991. The Mocs also finished fifth in the Southern Conference with a 6-4 league mark.
All-Time Results – 7-0 overall – 4-0 at Home
W - 4-3 - Mar. 26, 2005 - Nashville, Tenn.
W - 4-3 - Feb. 26, 2006 - Chattanooga
W - 3-2 - Feb. 3 2007 - Nashville, Tenn.
W - 6-1 - Jan. 19, 2008 - Chattanooga
W - 6-1 - Feb. 25, 2010 - Chattanooga
W - 7-0 - Jan. 28, 2012 - Chattanooga
W - 7-0 - Feb. 2, 2013 - Nashville, Tenn.
Chattanooga is 7-0 against the Bison since the series began in 2005. This includes last year’s 7-0 win at the Richland Country Club in Nashville on Feb. 2. UTC also scored a 7-0 win in non-conference action in 2012.
Chattanooga 7, Lipscomb 0
Feb 02, 2013 at Nashville, Tenn. (Richland Country Club)
1. Kelsey Coots/Kayla Jones (UTC) def. Melissa Kromer/Lorena Djunknic (LIP) - 8-0
2. Kaylene Chadwell/Jenna Nurik (UTC) def. Deahna Welcher/Jenny Borck (LIP) - 8-6
3. Claire Mulyadi/Jovana Pecovski (UTC) def. Alyssa Bellini/Shilpa Naruka (LIP) - 8-2
1. Jenna Nurik (UTC) def. Deahna Welcher (LIP) - 6-2, 6-0
2. Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) def. Melissa Kromer (LIP) - 6-0, 6-0
3. Kayla Jones (UTC) def. Alyssa Bellini (LIP) - 6-1, 6-0
4. Kelsey Coots (UTC) def. Lorena Djunknic (LIP) - 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9)
5. Claire Mulyadi (UTC) def. Jenny Borck (LIP) - 7-5, 6-1
6. Alison Storie (UTC) def. Shilpa Naruka (LIP) - 6-4, 6-0
The Lady Bison come into the season with a young squad, comprised of two juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen. Junior Jenny Borck is the reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week after going 4-0 in last week’s action. She won two singles matches at No. 4 and two doubles bouts at No. 1.
All-Time Results – 1-0 overall
W - 5-2 - Feb. 11, 2012 - Murray, Ky.
UTC and Evansville have only met once before, a 5-2 win for the Mocs on Feb. 11, 2012, in Murray, Ky.
Chattanooga 5, Evansville 2
Feb. 11, 2012 – Murray, Ky.
1. Natsha James/Dora Kotsiou (EVAN) def. Alexa Flynn/Emily Hangstefer (UTC) - 9-7
2. Kaylene Chadwell/Jenna Nurik (UTC) def. Kelsey Costales/Emily Richardson (EVAN) - 8-3
3. Charlotte Bossy/Shaina Singh (UTC) def. Aleksandra Dzakula/Jessica Raatz (EVAN) - 9-8 (7-1)
1. Dora Kotsiou (EVAN) def. Jenna Nurik (UTC) - 4-6, 7-5 (11-9), 6-3
2. Aleksandra Dzakula (EVAN) def. Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) - 7-5, 7-5
3. Alexa Flynn (UTC) def. Natsha James (EVAN) - 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
4. Emily Hangstefer (UTC) def. Emily Richardson (EVAN) - 6-3, 6-1
5. Shaina Singh (UTC) def. Mina Milovic (EVAN) - 6-1, 6-3
6. Charlotte Bossy (UTC) def. Gaby Fifer (EVAN) - 6-2, 6-3
As a sophomore last season, Marketa Trousilova opened up her Evansville career by winning her first eight singles efforts. The 2014 campaign started out in the same fashion as Trousilova earned a win at No. 2 at Middle Tennessee. She is 16-3 in singles duals matches in her career.