Women's Tennis Runs Win Streak to Four with Two Wins Thursday
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The women’s tennis team ran its winning streak to a season-best four consecutive matches Thursday. The Lady Mocs swept a home doubleheader from Jacksonville State and Western Carolina, edging the Gamecocks 4-3 in the early afternoon and defeating the Catamounts 5-2 in a late afternoon Southern Conference match.

Senior Anastasia Zhukova and sophomore Beata Knizat each posted two singles wins on the day.

The Lady Mocs, 10-15 overall and 2-6 in the SoCon, sent Zhukova out in fine fashion in the final home appearance of her career.

The Moscow, Russia, native, who transferred to UTC from the University of Iowa prior to last season, ran her 2007 singles record to 22-2 this dual match season and 70-9 overall during her two-year UTC career. The highest nationally-ranked player in SoCon history stands at No. 39 in the current FILA ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings.

Zhukova blanked JSU’s Erin Higgs, 6-0, 6-0 in the opening match and eased past Western Carolina’s Tessie Salame, 6-1, 6-1 in the second. She has won 16 of her last 17 singles matches and has posted 21 6-love sets on the year.

JSU’s Layla Abby beat UTC’s Bonnie Adams, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4 singles in the first match to tie the score at 3-all after singles play and force the doubles competition.

The Lady Mocs took two of three doubles matches for the clinching doubles point with Zhukova and Lindsey Ballard winning at No. 1 and Adams and Knizat claiming a 9-8 win at No. 2.

After UTC earned the doubles point in the second match against the Catamounts, Knizat’s 6-4, 6-2 win over Susanna Sjokvist provided the fourth team point for UTC to clinch the victory. Samantha Duggan disposed of Holly Stocks at No. 6, 6-1, 6-1, and Adams got past Amanda Massey at No. 4, 6-3, 5-7, 1-0(11).

UTC closes out the regular season Saturday taking on Georgia Southern at 9 a.m. in Statesboro, Ga.

Chattanooga women 4, Jacksonville State 3
Champion’s Club, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Singles (played first)

1. No. 39 Anastasia Zhukova (UTC) def. Erin Higgs (JSU), 6-0, 6-0
2. Lindsey Ballard (UTC) def. Kimberly Ferris (JSU), 6-1, 6-1
3. Beata Knizat (UTC) def. Eloah Lopes (JSU), 6-3, 6-3
4. Layla Abby (JSU) def. Bonnie Adams (UTC), 6-4, 6-4
5. Kristen Fuller (JSU) def. Kate Ksiezopolski (UTC), 6-0, 6-0
6. Adriana Borda (JSU) def. Samantha Duggan (UTC), 6-0, 6-0

Doubles (for one team point)
1. Ballard-Zhukova (UTC) def. Higgs-Lombardo (JSU), 8-1
2. Adams-Knizat (UTC) def. Fuller-Lopes (JSU), 9-8(8)
3. Abby-Borda (JSU) def. Ksiezopolski-Nicholson (UTC), 8-0

Team records: UTC (9-15); Jacksonville State (8-14)

Chattanooga women 5, Western Carolina 2
UTC Tennis Complex, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Doubles (for one team point)

1. Ballard-Zhukova (UTC) def. Hanson-Salame (WCU), 8-1
2. Adams-Knizat (UTC) def. Massey-Jane (WCU), 8-3
3. Sjokvist-Turke (WCU) def. Ksiezopolski-Nicholson (UTC), 8-5

1. #39 Anastasia Zhukova (UTC) def. Tessie Salame (WCU), 6-1, 6-1
2. Trish Hanson (WCU) def. Lindsey Ballard (UTC), 6-7, 6-1, 1-0(4)
3. Beata Knizat (UTC) def. Susanna Sjokvist (WCU), 6-4, 6-2
4. Bonnie Adams (UTC) def. Amanda Massey (WCU), 6-3, 5-7, 1-0(11)
5. Mariona Trilla Jane (WCU) def. Kate Ksiezopolski (UTC), 6-4, 6-3
6. Samantha Duggan (UTC) def. Holly Stocks (WCU), 6-1, 6-0

Team records: UTC (10-15, 2-6); Western Carolina (5-13, 0-9)

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