NASHVILLE, TN (GoMocs.com)---The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis team dropped its spring season opener at Middle Tennessee today. The Mocs won the doubles point but fell to the Blue Raiders 6-1 in Nashville, Tenn.
MTSU took the first doubles match when Robin Riethmueller and Dima Zyhmantovich scored a 6-1 win over senior Pavels Grigorjevs and junior Gino Delavalle at No. 3. The Mocs came back with junior John Peacey and sophomore Lucas Plesky's 6-3 win over Ben Davis and Ettore Zito at No. 1. Chattanooga secured the point when juniors Nick Wingord and Luke Saunders closed out Yannick Born and victor Hoang (6-4) at No. 2.
The 1-0 lead was short-lived for Chattanooga. Both Grigorjevs and sophomore Nic Wilson are top-6 players who could not go in singles today due to nagging injuries. As a result, the Mocs dropped all six singles in straight sets.
Saunders put up the biggest fight of the day. He lost (6-4, 6-3) to Zyhmantovich in a tough battle at No. 3.
UTC stays on the road for a visit to No. 6 North Carolina on Monday. Match time is set for 10:00 a.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C. A link for live scoring is available on the men's tennis schedule page on GoMocs.com. Chattanooga opens its home schedule on Saturday, Jan. 24, when it hosts Austin Peay at 1:00 p.m. at the Hixson Racquet Club.