The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 nail-biter at Middle Tennessee today. The Mocs won the opening doubles point but lost four of six singles to drop their first dual of the spring season.
Junior Bogdana Zaporozhets and freshman Jessie Young got UTC going with a 6-1 win over Zani Barnard and Muskan Gupta at No. 2. Freshmen Wilma Bergqvist and Callie Billman took the point with a 6-1 win over Love-Star Alexis and Lilly-Sophie Schmidt at No. 3.
Singles was a battle up and down the lineup, with four of the six matches going to three sets. MTSU tied it with a win at No. 4 and took the lead with a point at No. 5.
Sophomore Polina Goloputova dropped her first set at No. 3 to Zani Barnard. She battled back to take the second set, but lost in the third (6-4, 3-6, 7-50.
Junior Emma Van Hee closed the gap to 3-2 with a three-set win over Lidia Burrows. It was Van Hee’s eighth win in a row as she moves to 6-0 at No. 2 in the spring.
Sophomore Caroline Gibbens tied is at 3-3 with a three-setter over Noelle Mauro at No. 6. Gibbens lost the first, but won the last two (2-6, 6-4, 6-1) to move to 5-0 in the spring at No. 6.
That left Young and Lee Barnard in a marathon match at No. 1 for the team win. Barnard won the first set (6-4, but young grabbed the second in a tiebreaker [7-6 (4)]. It was 4-4 in the third when Barnard got hot and won the last two games to take the match (6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4).
UTC is back home next weekend, hosting Georgia State and Troy at the UTC Tennis Center. The Panthers visit on Saturday, Feb. 27, while the Trojans are in town on Sunday, Feb. 28. Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com for specific times.
Middle Tennessee 4, Chattanooga 3
2/20/2021 at Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Adams Tennis Center)
1. Lee Barnard/Lidia Burrows (MTSU) vs. Caroline Gibbens/Emma Van Hee (UTC) 4-3, unfinished
2. Jessie Young/Bogdana Zaporozhets (UTC) def. Zani Barnard/Muskan Gupta (MTSU) 6-1
3. Wilma Bergqvist/Callie Billman (UTC) def. Love-Star Alexis/Lilly-Sophie Schmidt (MTSU) 6-1
1. Lee Barnard (MTSU) def. Jessie Young (UTC) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4
2. Emma Van Hee (UTC) def. Lidia Burrows (MTSU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
3. Zani Barnard (MTSU) def. Polina Goloputova (UTC) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
4. Muskan Gupta (MTSU) def. Bogdana Zaporozhets (UTC) 6-4, 6-4
5. Love-Star Alexis (MTSU) def. Callie Billman (UTC) 7-6 (7-1), 7-5
6. Caroline Gibbens (UTC) def. Noelle Mauro (MTSU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1