The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's tennis team travels to Western Carolina for its lone dual match this week. The Lady Mocs take on the Catamounts on Friday, April 2 at 1:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) in Cullowhee, N.C.
Chattanooga is currently 6-10 on the year and 2-4 in SoCon action. They have won two of their last three matches and four of their last seven contests overall. The Lady Mocs are looking to grab their first road win of the year when they visit the Catamounts on Friday.
NURIK HAVING A STRONG SEASON
Freshman Jenna Nurik is off to a solid start to her Chattanooga career. She leads the team with a 17-7 singles mark, playing all of her matches at No. 1. She has won six of her last seven matches and is 10-6 in spring action.
Equally impressive is Nurik's 17-8 record in doubles play. The Roswell, Ga. native has teamed with sophomores Emily Hangstefer (9-5) and Shaina Singh (7-2), as well as junior Grace Robinette (1-1) during the season.
GREEN-KNIZAT TANDEM PERFECT
The doubles tandem of junior Annie Green and senior Beata Knizat have made for a perfect match this spring. The pair is currently 6-0 on the year and have won matches in the last five duals for the Lady Mocs. They won their only contest at No. 2 and are 5-0 in the No. 3 doubles spot.
ANOTHER FRESHMAN STEPPING UP
Freshman Jennifer Taylor is also have a strong singles season. She is tied for third on the team with a 13-9 record, playing mostly at the No. 6 position. She is 6-4 in her last 10 matches, including wins in three of her last four outings. She has a 6-2 record at No. 6 during spring action.
Head Coach Jeff Clark has a very young lineup on the court this season. His staring six include two freshman, three sophomores and a junior.
The Lady Mocs have been in some tight matches this spring, including four 4-3 losses. Chattanooga has dropped matches to Austin Peay, Jacksonville State, UT-Martin and UAB by just one point.
SCOUTING WESTERN CAROLINA
The Catamounts are 2-9 overall and 0-5 in SoCon action. Freshman Karen Jimenez Sarmiento leads the team with a 4-5 record in singles action. She teams with Carolina Lainez at No. 2 doubles for a 3-4 overall mark. Western Carolina has dropped nine of its last 10 matches. Its lone win in that span was a 4-3 victory over Presbyterian on March 26.
1. Jenna Nurik - Fr. - 17-7 (UTC) | Izabella Glinska - Jr. - 3-8 (WCU)
2. Emily Hangstefer So. - 13-12 (UTC) | Amanda Massey - Sr. - 1-8 (WCU)
3. Shaina Singh - So. - 14-11 (UTC) | Carolina Lainez - Fr. - 2-5 (WCU)
4. Grace Robinette - Jr. - 5-6 (UTC) | Ainhoa Iglesias - So. - 3-6 (WCU)
5. Charlotte Bossy - So. - 7-13 (UTC) | Karen Jimenez Sarmiento - Fr. - 4-5 (WCU)
6. Beata Knizat - Sr. - 5-6 (UTC) | Emily Turke - Sr. - 1-10 (WCU)
1. Hangstefer-Bossy - 2-3 (UTC) | Massey-Iglesias - 2-8 (WCU)
2. Nurik-Singh - 7-2 (UTC) | Lainez-Jimenez Sarmiento - 3-4 (WCU)
3. Knizat-Green - 6-0 (UTC) | Layne Arnold (So.)-Glinska - 0-3 (WCU)
*Based on each team's most recent dual match