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Golden Eagles open spring season against #71 Radford and UT Chattanooga

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee Tech tennis team kicks off its 2012 spring schedule this weekend as it heads down to Chattanooga, for a pair of duals against No. 71 Radford Saturday, and host UT Chattanooga Sunday morning.

The Golden Eagles dual against the Highlanders is set for 5 p.m., with their contest against the Mocs set for 9 a.m.

TTU enters the spring season on the heels of a solid fall showing in which the Golden Eagles netted 17 singles victories and five doubles victories.

Junior Syrym Abdukhailikov had an impressive fall tournament season, as he accounted for five singles victories, two of which came against a pair of SEC players including Nathan Pasha of Georgia and Bryan Schwartz of Tennessee.

Abdukhailikov, along with senior Alex Chen led the Golden Eagles in doubles action with a 3-2 record.

Sophomore Vasily Eremeev and senior Justin Kirstein each record four wins in singles action this past fall, while Chen added three to his career totals, as well.

Radford is 0-1 this season, having dropped its spring opener against No. 74 North Florida 5-2. Thomas Dehaen and Patrick O'Keefe were the only two Highlanders to record singles victories for Radford, while the pairing of Dehaen and Nicholas Sayer took Radford's lone double victory, 8-0.

UT Chattanooga opens its spring season this weekend after recording an individual 17-34 singles record and a 10-8 doubles record this past fall in tourney play.

The Mocs were led by Ankit Chopra's 5-4 singles record, with Roberto Vieira and Manuel Barroetavena following with identical 4-4 records. The doubles pairing of William Disterdick and Vierira led UTC with a 3-0 record.

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