Chattanooga got off to a strong start by winning the doubles point for the seventh time in the last eight matches. Freshman Jenna Nurik and sophomore Shaina Singh moved up to the No. 1 doubles position and won for the eighth time in their last nine outings.
Sophomores Emily Hangstefer and Charlotte Bossy posted a win at No. 2 while junior Annie Green and senior Beata Knizat improved to 7-0 at No. 3.
Chattanooga kept the pressure on the Catamounts by winning the first set in four of the six singles matches. Nurik improved to 17-7 on the year with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Izabella Glinska at No. 1. Singh won her match at No. 2 while Hangstefer won at No. 3. Freshman Jennifer Taylor defeated Emily Turke, 6-4, 6-3 and is now 7-2 at No. 6 in spring action.
"We knew it was going to be a tough match today," stated head coach Jeff Clark. "We battled hard and swept the doubles matches again. We kept that momentum going through the singles matches and had a good day."
The Lady Mocs have three regular season SoCon wins for the first time since the 2004 season when they finished in third place at 6-4 in league matches. Chattanooga has won three of its last four and five of its last eight dual matches.
The Lady Mocs are back in action next week when they travel to Samford on Thursday, April 8. UTC's next home match is Saturday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) when they host Mercer on the UTC Tennis Courts.
Chattanooga 5, Western Carolina 2
1. Jenna Nurik/Shaina Singh (UTC) def. Amanda Massey/Ainhoa Iglesias Diaz (WCU) - 8-3
2. Emily Hangstefer/Charlotte Bossy (UTC) def. K. Jimenez Sarmiento/Carolina Lainez (WCU) - 8-4
3. Beata Knizat/Annie Green (UTC) def. Izabella Glinska/Emily Turke (WCU) - 8-3
1. Jenna Nurik (UTC) def. Izabella Glinska (WCU) - 6-3, 6-1
2. Shaina Singh (UTC) def. Amanda Massey (WCU) - 6-0, 6-7 (4-6), 11-9
3. Emily Hangstefer (UTC) def. Carolina Lainez (WCU) - 7-6 (7-5), 6-0
4. Ainhoa Iglesias Diaz (WCU) def. Beata Knizat (UTC) - 6-0, 6-4
5. K. Jimenez Sarmiento (WCU) def. Charlotte Bossy (UTC) - 6-2, 6-1
6. Jennifer Taylor (UTC) def. Emily Turke (WCU) - 6-4, 6-3