Golden Eagle tennis team drops Saturday afternoon contest at Chattanooga

Golden Eagle tennis team drops Saturday afternoon contest at Chattanooga

By Rob Schabert, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Despite an early lead following doubles play, the Tennessee Tech tennis team couldn't maintain it's momentum and dropped a 4-2 non-conference dual match to Chattanooga (1-1) Saturday afternoon at the Hixson Racquet Club.

Tech (0-2) returns to action Thursday with two matches in Louisville at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. First, Tech meets Toledo at 8 a.m. CT, then faces a 5 p.m. CT match against No. 48 Louisville.

The Golden Eagles surged to a quick 1-0 lead by taking two doubles matches, with Gagan Jain and Gonzolo Munoz clinching the point. The TTU pair topped Austin Boaz and Gino Delavalle. 6-4, at the No. 3 doubles position.

Veterans Vasily Eremeev and Artem Tarasov paired up at the No. 2 double spot to capture a 6-4 win over Pavels Grigorjevs and Luke Saunders, the first duo to walk off the court.

Chattanooga tied the doubles competition by earning a 6-4 win at the No. 1 position, with John Peavy and Jorge Varon edging past Oleksiy Arovin and Alberto Arovin.

Peacey began the turnaround for the Mocs with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Munoz at the No. 6 singles position to tie the match. The host team went up 2-1 when Grigorjevs walked off the No. 2 court with a 6-5, 6-2 win over Eremeev.

Arovin brought Tech back to even, tying the match at 2-2, when he eased to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Varon in the premier match of the day at No. 1 singles. That point, however, was the last for the Golden Eagles.

Delavelle broke the tie with  6-2, 6-4 win in the No. 4 singles contest and Saunders added the clincher at No.3 with a 6-3, 6-5 victory. The No. 5 match went unfinished in the third set. Tarasov had dropped the first set, 6-5, but appeared ready to win after capturing the second set, 6-3, and building a 4-1 lead in the third.