Tennis team drops dual match with Chattanooga, 6-1

Tennis team drops dual match with Chattanooga, 6-1

HIXSON, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech's season-opening weekend in Chattanooga didn't net any luck for the Golden Eagle tennis team, which dropped a 6-1 decision to the UTC Mocs Sunday morning at the Hixson Racquet Club. Tech's record fell to 0-2 after a loss to No. 71 Radford Saturday night by the same score.

The match was very close on Sunday as the Golden Eagles forced three singles events into a third set before falling in all three. Tech also saw points decided in tie-breakers in the other three singles contests.

After UTC won two-of-three matches to claim a 1-0 lead with the doubles point, sophomore Vasily Eremeev gave the Golden Eagles a jump start by winning his no. 6 match and being the first player off the courts in singles action. Eremeev downed Stephen Crofford, 7-5, 6-2, knotting the match score at 1-1.

UTC regained the lead when Roberto Vieira downed Syrym Abduhkailikov, 7-6, 6-2 at no. 1 singles in the second singles action to reach a decision.

After that, the close calls all fell in Chattanooga's favor as the Mocs reeled off four more singles victories for the final margin.

Tech didn't go down without putting up a good fight, however.

At no. 2, Alex Chen earned a 6-3 win in the first set before Chris Smith rebounded to win the next two, 6-4 and 6-2 to capture his point. It was a similar tale at no. 3, where Ankit Chopra bounced back with 6-4 ad 7-5 wins after Tech's Alejandro Augusto Bueno had won the first set, 6-2.

Justin Kirstein also captured a set at no. 5 singles, winning the second round convincingly, 6-1. Kirstein came back after losing a 6-2 opening set to Pavels Grigorjevs, but couldn't finish. Grigorjevs won the clincher in the third set, 7-6.

The only other straight set match in singles play besides Eremeev's victory came when Jackson Tresnan of UTC defeated Artem Tarasov at no. 4 by a 6-3, 7-6 count.

In the doubles play to open the day's action, Abduhkailikov and Chen teamed up to claim an 8-6 win over Smith and Vieira at the no. 1 spot. It came too late, however, as UTC had already posted wins at nos. 2 and 3 to claim the point. At no. 2, Chopra and Crofford posted an 8-3 win over Eremeev and Tarasov, and down at the no. 3 position, Grigorjevs and Tresnan earned an 8-4 win over Bueno and Kirstein.

Tech heads to Memphis next weekend for two matches. On Friday, the Golden Eagles meet Memphis at 6 p.m., and on Saturday it's a 1 p.m. contest againt UNC Greensboro.

UT Chattanooga 6, Tennessee Tech 1
Sunday, Jan. 22 / Hixson Racquet Club


#1 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
ABDUKHAILIKOV, Syrym, Tennessee Tech 6 2  
Order of finish: 2
Roberto Vieira, Chattanooga 7 6  

#2 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
CHEN, Alex, Tennessee Tech 6 4 2 Order of finish: 6
Chris Smith, Chattanooga 3 6 6
#3 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
BUENO, Alejandro, Tennessee Tech 6 4 5 Order of finish: 3
Ankit Chopra, Chattanooga 2 6 7
#4 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
TARASPY, Artem, Tennessee Tech 3 6
Order of finish: 4
Jackson Tresnan, Chattanooga 6 7

#5 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
KIRSTEIN, Justin, Tennessee Tech 2 6 6 Order of finish: 3
Pavels Grigorjevs, Chattanooga 6 1 7
#6 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
EREMEEV, Vasily, Tennessee Tech 7 6
Order of finish: 1
Stephen Crofford, Chattanooga 5 2

#1 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
ABDUKHAILIKOV, Syrym/CHEN, Alex, Tennessee Tech 8

Order of finish: 3
Chris Smith/Roberto Vieira, Chattanooga 6

#2 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
EREMEEV, Vasily/TARASPY, Artem, Tennessee Tech 3

Order of finish: 1
Ankit Chopra/Stephen Crofford, Chattanooga 8

#3 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
BUENO, Alejandro/KIRSTEIN, Justin, Tennessee Tech 4

Order of finish: 2
Pavels Grigorjevs/Jackson Tresnan, Chattanooga 8

Match Notes
Chattanooga 1-1, 0-0 SoCon
Tennessee Tech 0-2, 0-0 OVC
T-3:28  A-27