Lady Mocs Host Appalachian State Sunday
Sophomore Shaina Singh
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's tennis team has one match on the schedule for this week, hosting Appalachian State on Sunday, March 14.  The Mountaineers are 6-4 on the season and will open their Southern Conference slate against Chattanooga at 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) at the UTC Tennis Courts. 

UTC returns home looking to snap a four-match slide and break into the win column in SoCon action.  The Lady Mocs 2-7 on the year and 0-3 in the SoCon.  Live scoring will be available for the match against the Mountaineers.  Check the women's tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com for links to live event. 

The Lady Mocs came close in three matches last week, forcing a number of three-setters in singles action that could have gone either way.  UTC fell at Jacksonville State by a slim 4-3 margin.  Chattanooga also dropped a pair of 6-1 contests at UNC Greensboro and Elon that were closer than the final score indicated. 

Junior Annie Green (No. 6) got her first win of the spring season in a three-set thriller against Elon.  Freshman Jenna Nurik (No. 1) and sophomore Shaina Singh (No. 2) lead the team with 11 singles wins each.  Both are 4-5 in dual matches this spring.  Freshman Jennifer Taylor (No. 4) is third on the team with 10 wins overall.    

Head Coach Jeff Clark is in the third season of his second tour of duty with the Lady Mocs.  He also guided the team from 1999-00.  Clark has a pair of seniors on his roster to go with two juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen. 

Sophomore Emily Hangstefer is holding down the No. 3 position.  She is 9-9 overall and was briefly ranked No. 102 in the nation earlier in the season.  She is looking to snap a four-match losing streak in singles play.  Sophomore Charlotte Bossy took to the court in the No. 5 spot in UTC's last match at Elon.  She is 3-10 on the year and 1-4 in dual match action. 

Senior Beata Knizat and junior Grace Robinette could also be in the line-up this weekend.  Knizat is 3-5 while Robinette is 3-3 overall.  All six of Robinette's appearances have come in the spring. 

UTC has mixed up the doubles tandems over the last few matches, trying to find a winning combination.  Robinette-Singh (2-3) at No. 2 and Bossy-Knizat (2-1) at No. 3 are the only pairs with more than one doubles wins in dual action this fall. 

ASU had won four-straight matches before falling to Radford 7-0 on Tuesday.  They will take on South Dakota State in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, March 12, before facing UTC. 

ASU is led by a pair of freshmen in Jennifer Ansaria and Ellie Linsell who are each 6-4 in dual match action.  Sophomore Olivia Stannard and Linsell have teamed up for a 7-3 record in doubles play this spring, including five straight wins at No. 1. 

Probable Lineups*
Singles
1. Jenna Nurik - Fr. - 11-6 (UTC) | Ellie Linsell - Fr. - 6-4 (ASU)
2. Shaina Singh - So. - 11-7 (UTC) | Jennifer Ansari - Fr. - 6-4 (ASU)
3. Emily Hangstefer - 9-9 (UTC) | Olivia Stannard - So. - 3-3 (ASU)
4. Jennifer Taylor - Fr. - 10-8 (UTC) | Carolina Mauch - Sr. - 1-0 (ASU)
5. Charlotte Bossy - So. - 3-10 (UTC) | Blakeley Bean - So. - 5-2 (ASU)
6. Annie Green - Jr. - 4-3 (UTC) | Gisela Fernandez - So. - 5-5 (ASU)

Doubles
1. Hangstefer-Robinette - 0-1 (UTC) | Linsell-Stannard - 7-3 (ASU)
2. Nurik-Singh - 1-0 (UTC) | Bean-Fernandez - 5-3 (ASU)
3. Bossy-Green - 0-3 (UTC) | Laura Janke (Jr.)-Ansari - 2-4 (ASU)
*Based on each team's most recent dual match 

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