CHATTANOOGA, TN (gomocs.com) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga hosts the 33rd annual Steve Baras Fall Classic tennis tournament at the Champions Club this weekend. The Baras is traditionally one of the top fall collegiate events in the region, and the Mocs will again welcome an excellent field to the Scenic City.
The women are represented by UTC, Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Kennesaw State, Murray State, Eastern Kentucky, Western Carolina and UT-Martin.
The men's side includes the Mocs, Mercer, MTSU, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Belmont, Kennesaw State and Covenant.
Competition begins at 8:30 a.m. (E.D.T.) each day on Friday and Saturday. Championship matches wrap up on Saturday, shortening the tournament to two days. Full draws will be available later in the week on GoMocs.com.
"This is another strong field and we are excited to get this level of competition on our home courts," state UTC women's head coach Jeff Clark. "Four of these teams were ranked in their region at the end of last year and they all have a lot of talent retuning. It should make for a fun tournament."
The UTC women are coming off an outstanding 18-4 season that included a second place finish in the Southern Conference (7-1). The Mocs return four starters to the lineup and welcome a top-20 mid-major recruiting class to a squad that was ranked No. 8 in the Ohio Valley Region at the end of last year.
Senior Alison Storie and freshman Sydney Patton won a doubles flight at the Elon Invitational to open fall action on Sept. 13. Senior Kayla Jones takes the court for the first time this fall. She is a two-time first team All-Southern Conference pick who was No. 18 in the region at the end of last year.
Kelsey Coots and Katie Polk round out a talented senior class for the Mocs. Coots won 21 singles matches last season, while Polk had a 16-5 doubles record.
The Baras tournament is the first for the men this fall. They return eight letter winners and four starters from the 2015 team that won five matches. Chattanooga has a strong senior class, led by John Peacey, Luke Saunders and Nick Wingord.
"We are excited to have some real competition," stated men's head coach Carlos Garcia. "We have been working hard in the offseason and all of the guys are ready for their first test on the court."
The Steve Baras Memorial Scholarship Endowment is set up in memory of former UTC men's tennis player Steve Baras. The annual recipient of the scholarship is a Business major who is also a member of the men's or women's tennis teams. To learn more about the UTC's scholarship endowment program, or to make a gift to the Baras Endowment, contact Senior Associate Athletics Director Andrew Horton at (423) 425-5285 or Andrewfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to check back to GoMocs.com for complete recaps and photos of each day's action.