The Lady Mocs are enjoying their best year since 2000 with a 14-4 overall record and a 6-3 mark in Southern Conference action. Chattanooga has secured no worse than a tie for fourth in the league, its best finish since placing fourth in 2001. A win this week would give UTC its most victories since going 17-6 in 1999.
The Lady Mocs have won three-straight and five of their last six matches. Lee University is 8-4 overall and ranked No. 17 in the nation in the most recent NAIA top-25. Match time against the Flames is set for 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T) and a link for live scoring is available on the women's tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com.
Wednesday will be Senior Day for four Lady Mocs, including Charlotte Bossy (Keokelare, Belgium), Emily Hangstefer (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), Shaina Singh (Vancouver, B.C.) and Brianna Wishing (Murfreesboro, Tenn.). Beginning with the 2009 season, these ladies have helped UTC improve its win total in each of the last four years while laying the foundation for the bright future of Lady Mocs tennis. Chattanooga is enjoying its best year in over a decade and each of these student-athletes has played a big role in our recent success.
Bossy is a four-year letter winner and a Biology major who plans to graduate next May. She has been on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll throughout her career at UTC and currently has a 9-4 singles record this season. She is an impressive 5-1 in singles during the spring dual season and is 7-2 as a doubles player. The Lady Mocs are 6-0 with Bossy on the court this year. Bossy teamed with fellow senior Brianna Wishing to win the UTC Steve Baras Fall Classic Silver doubles draw in the fall. She has over 30 singles wins in her career and looks to add to that total as the season winds down.
Wishing has plans to graduate in May with a degree in Health & Human Performance. She has been on the Dean's List throughout her career. As mentioned earlier, she won the UTC Steve Baras Fall Classic Silver doubles draw with fellow senior Charlotte Bossy earlier in the year. She has won three tournaments in her career, including a pair of singles win at the Baras and the Ole Miss Fall Classic during her freshman season. She has seen action in nine dual matches as a senior, posting a 6-3 mark as a doubles player. She is 11-4 in doubles overall this season, setting career marks for wins in her final season at UTC.
Singh is a two-time Academic All-Southern Conference and two-time ITA Scholar Athlete honoree. She plans to complete her degree in Biology in May. With a 19-9 singles record, Shaina has tied her career-high for wins in a season. Her career singles mark has improved to 64-50 while her doubles tally sits at 63-44. She has recently paired with fellow senior Emily Hangstefer to go 5-0 at No. 2 doubles this spring. Singh has been a mainstay in the line since earning SoCon All-Freshman honors in 2009. Over the last three years she has an impressive 54-29 singles mark.
Hangstefer is majoring in Business Administration with plans to complete her degree this summer. Hangstefer has also been in the lineup throughout her career and is having a banner season in 2012. Her 17-6 singles record and 17-7 doubles tally includes career-highs for wins in a season in both categories. A member of the SoCon All-Freshman team in 2009, Hangstefer has six tournament titles in her career. This season she won her flight at the Roberta Allison Invite at Alabama and teamed with Alexa Flynn to take the Silver Doubles Fight at Clemson's Duckworth Tournament.
Samford is currently tied for fifth in the SoCon with a 5-4 league record and has a 13-5 overall mark. Match time is set for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday when the Lady Mocs will try to snap a four-match slide against the Bulldogs. UTC has not defeated Samford since they joined the SoCon in 2009. The last win for the Lady Mocs in the series was a 7-0 victory on April 4, 2003.
Junior Jenna Nurik (Roswell, Ga.) leads the team with a 21-8 singles record, including 11-5 at No. 1. She is one singles win away from setting a new career-high. Playing No. 2, sophomore Alexa Flynn (Memphis, Tenn.) is 17-7 overall and 5-3 in SoCon matches. Two wins this week would set a new career-mark for singles victories in a season.
Freshman Kaylene Chadwell (Franklin, Tenn.) has won six straight in singles and is 18-9 overall. She is 9-4 in the No. 3 position. Freshman Claire Mulyadi (Semarang, Indonesia) is 8-6 since joining the team in January. She is playing the No. 6 slot.
Flynn and Chadwell (Franklin, Tenn.) are 9-4 since taking over the No. 1 doubles role. Chadwell has an impressive 21-6 record as a doubles player this season.