The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's tennis team closes out the regular season this week by hosting Tennessee Wesleyan and visiting Davidson.
"Senior Day" for the Lady Mocs is set for Tuesday, April 13, against Tennessee Wesleyan. The Lady Mocs will honor two seniors, Beata Knizat and Kate Ksiezopolski prior to the match beginning at 2:30 p.m. (E.D.T.) on the UTC Tennis Courts. Live scoring will be available for Tuesday's match.
Chattanooga will then travel to Davidson on Friday, April 16, for a 2:00 p.m. match with the Wildcats.
Only the top four teams in the Southern Conference qualify for the postseason tournament in 2010, so this will be the last two matches of the year for the Lady Mocs.
SENIOR BEATA KNIZAT
After sitting out most of last year with an injury, Knizat has been a mainstay in the lineup during her fifth year in the program. A native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, she won the Dale Maye Award in 2009 given to the Moc student-athlete with the highest overall g.p.a. entering her senior season. She is currently pursuing a master's Degree in Business Administration at UTC.
On the court, she has won over 30 matches in her singles career and over 40 in doubles play. She has teamed with junior Annie Green to post an impressive 8-2 doubles mark in the spring.
SENIOR KATE KSIEZOPOLSKI
Ksiezopolski is an Education major with who is a native of Toronto, Ontario. She is a four-year letterwinner with the Lady Mocs who won her 10th career doubles match earlier in the season. She has appeared in 23 dual matches in her career and has been a consistent member of the Dean's List throughout her time at UTC.
MOST SOCON WINS SINCE 2004
UTC's three wins in conference play are the most since 2004 when the Lady Mocs finished in third place with a 6-4 record.
NURIK HAVING A STRONG SEASON
Freshman Jenna Nurik is off to a solid start to her Chattanooga career. She leads the team with a 20-8 singles mark, playing all of her matches at No. 1. She has won nine of her last 11 matches and is 13-7 in spring action.
Equally impressive is Nurik's 19-10 record in doubles play. The Roswell, Ga. native has teamed with sophomores Emily Hangstefer (9-5) and Shaina Singh (9-3), as well as junior Grace Robinette (1-1) during the season.
GREEN-KNIZAT STILL GOING STRONG
The doubles tandem of junior Annie Green and senior Beata Knizat have made for a near-perfect match this spring. The pair is currently 8-2 on the year and have won matches in seven of the last nine duals for the Lady Mocs. They won their only contest at No. 2 and are 7-2 in the No. 3 doubles spot.
Head Coach Jeff Clark has a very young lineup on the court this season. His staring six includes two freshman, three sophomores and a junior.
The Lady Mocs have been in some tight matches this spring, including five 4-3 losses. Chattanooga has dropped matches to Austin Peay, Jacksonville State, UT-Martin, UAB and Georgia Southern by just one point.
SCOUTING TENNESSEE WESLEYAN
The Bulldogs are 2-9 on the season, competing as an NAIA school from nearby Athens, Tenn. They are also 1-4 in the Appalachian Athletics Conference. Both of their wins have come in the last two matches. They fell to Lee University 2-7 earlier in the year, a squad UTC defeated 7-0.
The Wildcats are 13-6 on the year and 5-2 in SoCon action. They are led by sophomore Stephani Synn who is 13-2 in singles play at No. 3. They have four players on their roster who have reached double-figures in singles wins. Seniors Virginia Berry and Teresa Wang are 11-7 at the No. 1 doubles position.
1. Jenna Nurik - Fr. - 20-8 (UTC) | Karolina Pierko - Sr. (TWC) | Virginia Berry - Sr. - 11-7 (DAV)
2. Emily Hangstefer So. - 16-13 (UTC) | Kayla Foster - Sr. (TWC) | Teresa Wang - Sr. - 10-8 (DAV)
3. Shaina Singh - So. - 17-12 (UTC) | Meghan Whaley - So. (TWC) | Stephani Synn - So. - 13-2 (DAV)
4. Beata Knizat - Sr. - 5-10 (UTC) | Allie Smith - Fr. (TWC) | Alison Rauh - Jr. - 9-10 (DAV)
5. Charlotte Bossy - So. - 8-16 (UTC) | Marissa Morris - So. (TWC) | Ali Gores - Sr. - 8-9 (DAV)
6. Jennifer Taylor - Fr. - 14-11 (UTC) | Spencer Creekmore - So. (TWC) | Samantha Galainena - Jr. - 13-5 (DAV)
1. Nurik-Singh - 9-4 (UTC) | Whaley-Foster (TWC) | Berry-Wang - 11-7 (DAV)
2. Hangstefer-Bossy - 5-4 (UTC) | Pierko-Smith (TWC) | Synn-Rauh - 9-6 (DAV)
3. Knizat-Green - 8-2 (UTC) | Morris-Creekmore (TWC) | Galainena-Gores - 5-7 (DAV)
*Based on each team's most recent dual match