Story by Kaylene Chadwell
Current and former Mocs tennis players had impressive results in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events in the Tennessee Valley Open Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., this weekend.
Juniors Kayla Jones and Kelsey Coots came up just short in their run for the women’s doubles title. They dropped a 6-4, 6-4 battle to the SEC duo of Marie Casares and Courtney Colton from Vanderbilt in the finals.
Incoming freshman Samantha Caswell and rising senior Pavels Grigorjevs finished as the runner-ups in the Mixed Open Doubles. They lost to Vanderbilt’s top-seeded duo of Colton and Gonzales Austin. Jones and former Moc John Hangstefer advanced to the semifinals before losing to the same Vanderbilt tandem.
Grigorjevs and Caswell defeated sibling pairing senior Kaylene Chadwell and Ian Chadwell 11-9 in a third set match tiebreaker in the quarterfinals. They then defeated the No. 2 seeded pairing of Georgia alumnus Will Reynolds and Vanderbilt player Marie Casares 7-6, 7-5.
In the men’s singles bracket, Grigorjevs advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to the No. 1 seed Gonzales Austin. UTC alumnus Ankit Chopra won his first two rounds in the singles draw making it to the round of 16.
Chopra paired with Andrew Rogers to reach the quarterfinals of the doubles event beating former Florida State tennis players Robert Cameron and Webb in the first round. Cameron had a career-high No. 5 ranking in doubles during his time as a Seminole.
Alumni Hangstefer and Vieira won two rounds in the doubles draw to make it to the quarterfinals. Lucas Plesky and Grigorjevs paired together to win their first round 6-2, 6-2. They then lost to the doubles duo that would go on to finish first place in the doubles tournament.
In the women’s singles draw, junior Alison Storie faced Georgia Southern’s Jordana Klein in the first round, who played the No. 2 position for the Eagles this last season. Storie lost 6-3, 6-3.
Then, fellow Mocs Storie and Coots faced each other in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket. Coots won 6-3, 7-5 and progressed to finish as the runner-up of the back draw.
Alumna Emily Hangstefer, Jones and Chadwell each reached the quarterfinals in the singles draw.
Chattanooga’s men and women’s tennis teams are looking to the 2014-15 season starting in the fall.