The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s tennis team is back on the court this week with one match at home and one on the road. UTC hosts UAB on Friday, March 5, before traveling to UNC Asheville on Sunday, March 7.
First serve against the Blazers is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) at the UTC Tennis Center. Due to the small seating areas in the tennis center and the need to maintain social distancing, only the participating teams, officials and working staff will be allowed in attendance. Fans can follow along with live scoring on GoMocs.com. Sunday’s match at UNC Asheville starts at 1:00 p.m.
“We have another three matches in five days,” stated head coach Chuck Merzbacher. “Although challenging, the guys have worked hard and are excited for our first home match on campus against UAB followed by two road matches.”
UTC also travels to Austin Peay on Tuesday, March 9.
The Mocs are 0-5 overall, including 4-3 losses to Troy and Presbyterian in their last two outings. UTC is getting back into game shape after and three-week COVID-19 shutdown from Jan. 29 – Feb. 24. The Mocs should have their full lineup for the first time since the Alabama match on Jan. 29.
UAB is 2-3 overall, including a 4-3 loss to Southern Miss on Feb. 27. The Blazers lost to Samford on Jan. 31 (4-0) and have wins over Tennessee State (6-1) and Alabama A&M (7-0).
The Mocs are 11-4 all-time against UAB, including 5-1 in Chattanooga. The Blazer have won four of the last five, but UTC scored a 5-1 win in last year’s meeting on Feb. 2 in Birmingham. Sophomores Tomas Rodriguez and Kerim Hyatt and freshman Jeffrey Dewald all had wins in that dual. This is UAB’s first trip to the Scenic City since a 7-0 Blazer sweep on Jan. 23, 2004.
UNC Asheville is 2-2 overall, including a 4-3 loss to Wofford on Sunday. The Bulldogs scored a 5-2 win over UNCG on Feb. 20 and also have a 6-1 victory against N.C. Central on their resume.
UTC is 1-1 in the all-time series with UNC Asheville. This is the third year in a row these two teams will meet in dual action. UNCA won the 2019 meeting 5-2, but the Mocs took last year’s match 6-1 in Chattanooga.
“We have had some very good matches with UAB and UNCA,” added Merzbacher. “I am expecting nothing less than a battle with each team. It is nice to have a full team ready go and with our depth, we can move players in and out if we need to during this stretch.”