The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team hits the road for a pair of matches this week. The Mocs travel to Davidson on Wednesday, March 6, for a Southern Conference matchup against the Wildcats. UTC then visits Gardner-Webb in non-conference play on Thursday, March 7.
The Davidson match has a 1:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) start time at the Covington Tennis Courts in Davidson, N.C. The Wildcats are 6-3 overall after last week's losses to UNC Wilmington (0-7) and Coastal Carolina (2-5). This will be the SoCon opener for Davidson.
UTC has won two of three in the series, including a split in last year's contests. Davidson won a 4-3 affair in Chattanooga on April 1 with the Mocs posting a 4-3 win in the SoCon Tournament on April 19 in Charleston, S.C.
Chattanooga plays Gardner-Webb on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in Boiling Spring, N.C. The Bulldogs have won four-straight and are 4-3 overall. UTC is 2-0 all-time against GWU, including last year's 4-3 nail-biter on Feb. 12 at the Hixson Racquet Club.
The Mocs are 6-3 overall and 1-0 in SoCon action after Saturday's 4-3 home win over the College of Charleston. UTC snapped a six-match losing streak with its first win over the Cougars since 2008.
Senior Manuel Barroetavena (Buenos Aires, Argentina) is currently 8-1 in spring action and has seen time in each of the top three singles slots. He has settled in at No. 2 where he is 3-1 in the spring.
He also has a 5-2 record in doubles, teaming with fellow senior Jackson Tresnan (Apopka, Fla.). Tresnan is 6-2 in spring singles, playing the No. 5 or No. 6 positions.
Head coach Carlos Garcia is in his 12th season at UTC, posting a 124-140 overall record. UTC has increased its win total in each of the last three seasons. The 14-9 mark in 2012 was the best record for the program since 2007.
The Mocs also set a program record with a 3.46 team grade-point-average in the fall. All nine members of the team made the Athletics Director's Honor Roll with a 3.0+ semester g.p.a., while seven made the Dean's List.