The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's tennis team breezed through a 7-0 sweep of Lee University on Senior Day at the UTC Tennis Courts this afternoon. The Lady Mocs improved to 15-4 overall and only dropped nine games in nine matches. The Flames, ranked No. 17 in the most recent NAIA Top-25, fall to 8-5 on the year.
Chattanooga has now won four-straight matches and its 15 wins are the most for the program since going 17-6 in 1999. Junior Jenna Nurik (Roswell, Ga.) and freshman Claire Mulyadi (Semarang, Indonesia) did not lose a game today, posting shutouts in singles and doubles. They started the afternoon teaming at No. 2 doubles for an 8-0 win over Tarah Garner and Annie Sandberg.
Senior Brianna Wishing (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and freshman Kaylene Chadwell (Franklin, Tenn.) secured the doubles point with an 8-0 win over Christy North and Stephanie Todd at No. 3. Seniors Emily Hangstefer (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and Shaina Singh (Vancouver, B.C.) improved to 6-0 as a pair with an 8-3 win over Kelsey Gray and Tonya Walters at No. 1.
UTC did not lose a game in any of the second sets in singles action. Nurik was first off the court with her (6-0, 6-0) win over Walters at No. 1. Nurik improved to 22-8 overall and 14-5 at No. 1, setting a new career-high for wins in a season. Mulyadi won her third-straight to improve to 9-6 with a (6-0, 6-0) victory over Sandberg at No. 4.
Chadwell clinched the team win with a (6-1, 6-0) win over Gray at No. 2. Chadwell improves to 19-9 with her seventh-straight singles win. Hangstefer won her third straight with a (6-1, 6-0) victory over Garner at No. 3. She has a career-high 18 wins against six losses.
Senior Charlotte Bossy (Koekelare, Belgium) scored a (6-1, 6-0) win over Todd at No. 5. The win improved Bossy's singles record to 10-4 overall and 6-1 in dual matches. Chattanooga is 7-0 when Bossy is in the singles lineup.
Singh was originally penciled in the singles lineup, but tweaked her back during warm-ups. After posting a doubles win, she was pulled from singles action and replaced by Wishing. This allowed Wishing to get some revenge against Lee's Jodie Rice who had beaten her in the UTC Steve Baras Fall Classic in October. Wishing improved to 4-2 in singles this season with a (6-3, 6-0) win.
"I am happy for our seniors to go out with a convincing win," stated head coach Jeff Clark. "It was nice that all of our seniors got to play and they all got wins in their final home matches. They have all worked really hard and have been a team oriented group throughout their careers."
Chattanooga travels to Samford to wrap up the regular season this weekend. Match time is set for 1:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, April 14. A win on Saturday would lock up on worse than a fourth place finish in the league and represent UTC's best showing in the Southern Conference since 2001.
Chattanooga 7, Lee University 0
1. Emily Hangstefer/Shaina Singh (UTC) def. Kelsey Gray/Tonya Walters (LEE) - 8-3
2. Claire Mulyadi/Jenna Nurik (UTC) def. Tarah Garner/Annie Sandberg (LEE) - 8-0
3. Kaylene Chadwell/Brianna Wishing (UTC) def. Christy North/Stephaine Todd (LEE) - 8-0
1. Jenna Nurik (UTC) def. Tonya Walters (LEE) - 6-0, 6-0
2. Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) def. Kelsey Gray (LEE) - 6-1, 6-0
3. Emily Hangstefer (UTC) def. Tarah Garner (LEE) - 6-1, 6-0
4. Claire Mulyadi (UTC) def. Annie Sandberg (LEE) - 6-0, 6-0
5. Charlotte Bossy (UTC) def. Stephaine Todd (LEE) - 6-1, 6-0
6. Brianna Wishing (UTC) def. Jodie Rice (LEE) - 6-3, 6-0