The Eagles, 10-10 and 3-6 in the SoCon, claimed all three doubles matches, including a narrow 8-7(4) win at the No. 2 spot, to earn the early 1-0 lead.
Chattanooga junior Beata Knizat and freshman Annie Green produced the Lady Mocs' two team points. Knizat registered a 6-4, 6-3 win over Molly Maddox at No. 4 singles, and Green, a Georgia native, defeated Jessica Fuller at the No. 5 position, 6-2, 6-4.
Singles winners for the Eagles included Kristi Kegerreis at No. 1, Melanie Rolle at No. 2, Ali Beavers at No. 3 and Kelli Helms at No. 6.
Also competing for Chattanooga (8-11, 2-7) were seniors Lindsey Ballard and Bonnie Adams at No. 1 and No. 3 singles respectively and freshmen Grace Robinette and Arianna Sanjines at No. 2 and No. 6. Sophomore Kate Ksiezopolski teamed with Green at No. 3 doubles.
The match marked the final regular-season competition for the Lady Mocs, and they will head to Charleston, S.C., this coming week for the SoCon Championships, Thursday through Sunday.
Southern 5, Chattanooga 2
Hanner Tennis Complex, Statesboro, Ga.
Doubles (for one team point)
1. Caforio/Kegerreis (GSU) def. Ballard/Robinette (UTC), 8-5
2. Beavers/Rolle (GSU) def. Adams/Knizat (UTC), 8-7(4)
3. Knight/Matlosz (GSU) def. Green/Ksiezopolski (UTC), 8-2
1. Kristi Kegerreis (GSU) def. Lindsey Ballard (UTC), 6-3, 6-3
2. Melanie Rolle (GSU) def. Grace Robinette (UTC), 7-6(6), 6-0
3. Ali Beavers (GSU) def. Bonnie Adams (UTC), 6-2, 6-0
4. Beata Knizat (UTC) def. Molly Maddox (GSU), 6-4, 6-3
5. Annie Green (UTC) def. Jessica Fuller (GSU), 6-2, 6-4
6. Kelli Helms (GSU) def. Ariana Sanjines (UTC), 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
Team records: UTC (8-11, 2-7); Georgia Southern (10-10, 3-6)