The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's tennis team closed out the 2012 regular season today at Samford. The Lady Mocs dropped the regular season finale 5-2 to the Bulldogs.
The loss gives UTC and Samford identical 15-5 overall records and 6-4 marks in Southern Conference action. Both teams tied for fourth in the SoCon race with the Bulldogs owning the tiebreaker. Since they are seeded No. 4 and No. 5 they will each have a first round bye, but will face each other again on Friday in the quarterfinals.
Today's match started with Samford taking the doubles point by winning two of three matches. Junior Jenna Nurik (Roswell, Ga.) and freshman Kaylene Chadwell (Franklin, Tenn.) had the lone win, defeating Kristin Lewis and Lindsey Mallory 8-7 at No. 1. Nurik and Chadwell won the tiebreaker 11-9.
In singles play, Chadwell won her eighth straight with a three-set victory over Madelie Janse Van Rensburg at No. 2 (5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-6)). Chadwell finished the regular season 8-2 in the SoCon and 20-9 overall.
Senior Shaina Singh (Vancouver, B.C.) had the other singles win for UTC. She defeated Rebecca Kirven (7-5, 6-4) at No. 4. The win was Singh's 20th of the year, setting a new career mark for singles victories in a season. She has won four-straight to push her singles record to 20-9 and 7-3 in SoCon matches.
Chattanooga was without their No. 2 player in sophomore Alexa Flynn. She has been out for the past two weeks since suffering an injury at Davidson. The Memphis, Tenn., native is 17-7 in singles and 17-8 in doubles action on the year.
Friday's rematch is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. (E.D.T.) at The Citadel. A link for live scoring will be available on the women's tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com.
Samford 5, Chattanooga 2
1. Jenna Nurik/Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) def. Kristin Lewis/Lindsey Mallory (SAM) - 8-7 (11-9)
2. Rebecca Kirven/M.Janse Van Rensburg (SAM) def. Emily Hangstefer/Shaina Singh (UTC) - 8-3
3. Adri Lochner/Stephanie N'tcha (SAM) def. Claire Mulyadi/Brianna Wishing (UTC) - 8-2
1. Kristin Lewis (SAM) def. Jenna Nurik (UTC) - 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-2)
2. Kaylene Chadwell (UTC) def. M.Janse Van Rensburg (SAM) - 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (10-6)
3. Stephanie N'tcha (SAM) def. Emily Hangstefer (UTC) - 6-3, 6-2
4. Shaina Singh (UTC) def. Rebecca Kirven (SAM) - 7-5, 6-4
5. Lindsey Mallory (SAM) def. Claire Mulyadi (UTC) - 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
6. Jessica Diamond (SAM) def. Charlotte Bossy (UTC) - 6-0, 6-0