The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s tennis team scored a 7-0 sweep against Wofford at McCallie’s Strang-Voges Tennis Center in Chattanooga today. The Mocs improved to 2-0 in Southern Conference action and 6-7 overall with today’s win. The Terriers dropped to 6-7 and 2-3 in league duals.
“This was definitely a full team win,” stated UTC head coach Chuck Merzbacher. “Wofford has a well-coached and solid line up. We closed out the doubles and we closed out some very close first sets and tiebreakers to get the job done. Really proud of the overall performance and toughness.”
UTC swept all nine matches played today, but there were close ones all over the place. Sophomore Tomas Rodriguez and freshman Peyton Gatti opened with a solid 6-2 win over Callum Rendle and Javi Casasolas at No. 1. They evened their record at 5-5 in the top spot in the spring.
The other two doubles both went to tiebreakers. Junior Kaisei Kuroki and sophomore Kerim Hyatt clinched the point with a [7-6 (4)] win over Will Fullett and Ashe Ray. It was their first time playing together in the spring.
Senior Turner Voges and sophomore Simon Labbe closed out doubles action with their [7-6 (5)] win over Omar Williams and Alex Horn at No. 2. It was their fifth win in a row as they moved to 8-2 at No. 2 this spring.
Singles was just as close with five matches needing extra games to decide the first set. Three of the six also went to three sets.
Hyatt won his ninth in a row with a (7-5, 6-1) win over Ray at No. 3. Labbe defeated Diego Losada (6-4, 6-4) at No. 4 and Voges clinched the point with a (7-6 (7), 7-5) win over Rendle.
Gatti beat Casasolas (7-6 (5), 7-5) at No. 5, while Rodriguez and junior Jacob Marshall won in three sets. Rodriguez defated Williams (7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-2) at No. 1, while Marshall scored a (6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 6-4) over Fullett.
The Mocs host Furman tomorrow, back at the Strang-Voges Tennis Center. First serve is set for Noon (E.D.T.) and a link for live scoring is available on the men’s tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com.
Chattanooga 7, Wofford 0
3/27/2021 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (Strang-Voges Tennis Center)
1. Tomas Rodriguez/Peyton Gatti (UTC) def. Callum Rendle/Javi Casasolas (WOF) 6-2
2. Turner Voges/Simon Labbe (UTC) def. Omar Williams/Alex Horn (WOF) 7-6 (7-5)
3. Kerim Hyatt/Kaisei Kuroki (UTC) def. Will Fullett/Ashe Ray (WOF) 7-6 (7-4)
1. Tomas Rodriguez (UTC) def. Omar Williams (WOF) 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-2
2. Turner Voges (UTC) def. Callum Rendle (WOF) 7-6 (9-7), 7-5
3. Kerim Hyatt (UTC) def. Ashe Ray (WOF) 7-5, 6-1
4. Simon Labbe (UTC) def. Diego Losada (WOF) 6-4, 6-4
5. Peyton Gatti (UTC) def. Javi Casasolas (WOF) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
6. Jacob Marshall (UTC) def. Will Fullett (WOF) 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 6-4