The University Tennessee at Chattanooga women's tennis team dropped a tough 4-3 match to Tennessee-Martin at the UTC Tennis Courts today. The Skyhawks scored a three-set win in the final singles match to seal the victory.
The Lady Mocs fall to 3-8 on the year while UTM improves to 4-2 overall. Chattanooga started off strong by sweeping the doubles point for the second straight match. Freshman Jenna Nurik and sophomore Shaina Singh won their third straight match by defeating UT-Martin's Alice Laing and Jodie Tiley 8-5 at No. 2. Sophomores Emily Hangstefer and Charlotte Bossy teamed up for the win at No. 1.
The Skyhawks quickly took a 2-1 with wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. Freshman Jennifer Taylor evened the team total with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Anna Marie Herbold at No. 6. Taylor improved to 12-5 on the year with her second straight win.
Tennessee-Martin went back up 3-2 with a win at No. 3. Nurik tied the score with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Jodie Tiley at No. 1. It was Nurik's fifth win in her last seven matches as she improves to 13-6 overall. Her 13 wins lead the Lady Mocs.
Hangstefer's No. 2 bout with Johanie Van Zyl was the last match on the court and the deciding battle with the score tied 3-3. Van Zyl won the first set 6-4 while Hangstefer took the second set by the same score. The third set went all the way to a tiebreaker with the match knotted at six games each. Van Zyl sealed the team win by taking the tiebreaker 7-5.
Chattanooga will be back in action on Thursday, March 18 when they travel to Tennessee Tech. Match time against the Golden Eagles is set for 3:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) in Cookeville, Tenn. UTC will be back at home on Saturday, March 20, when they host UAB at the UTC Tennis Courts. Live scoring will be available for Saturday's match with the Blazers.
Tennessee-Martin 4 - Chattanooga 3
1. Charlotte Bossy/Emily Hangstefer (UTC) def. Belisa de Brito/Martie Wahl (UTM) - 8-4
2. Jenna Nurik/Shaina Singh (UTC) def. Alice Laing/Jodie Tiley (UTM) - 8-5
3. Annie Green/Beata Knizat (UTC) def. Anna Marie Herbold/Anna Winkelmann (UTM) - 6-3, unfinished
1. Jenna Nurik (UTC) def. Jodie Tiley (UTM) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
2. Johanie Van Zyl (UTM) def. Emily Hangstefer (UTC) - 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Martie Wahl (UTM) def. Shaina Singh (UTC) - 2-6, 6-0, 6-4
4. Anna Winkelmann (UTM) def. Charlotte Bossy (UTC) - 6-2, 6-2
5. Belisa de Brito (UTM) def. Annie Green (UTC) - 6-2, 6-2
6. Jennifer Taylor (UTC) def. Anna Marie Herbold (UTM) - 2-6, 6-2, 6-4