Men’s Tennis Cruises Past Austin Peay 6-1 in Non-Conference Final

CHATTANOOGA — The Chattanooga Mocs men’s tennis team cruised its way to a 6-1 route over in-state foe Austin Peay in the non-conference finale of the season on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon at the UTC Tennis Center.

Following the win, Chattanooga is improving to 6-15 overall this season. Austin Peay fell to 5-7 following the defeat.

“I’m really proud of the guys bouncing back after our last match. They took care of their business, and learned a few things before our next match,” said the head coach. Chuck Merzbacher following the match.

In doubles action, the Mocs secured the match’s first point after seeing Simon Labbe and Jordan McClure earn a 6-4 clincher as the No. 2 pairs. Thomas Rodriguez and Ryan Mudre, playing in the No. 3 hole, teamed up for the first victory of the day in doubles in a dominating 6-1 fashion.

It was nearly a clean sweep of all six singles matches with Rodriguez kicking off the charge behind a 6-1, 6-1 decision in the top spot. Jacob Marshall posted a convincing 6-1, 6-2 victory at the bottom of the singles lineup ahead of a Simon Labbe 6-0, 6-4 winner at No. 3, a win that clinched the team’s fourth and match-deciding point.

“Our senior Jacob [Marshall], who has been here for five years, step in and as always, doing what is asked of him to help the team. He played great in his singles match at No. 6, “added Merzbacher.

Ryan Mudre and Kerim Hyatt each recorded victories in the No. 5 and No. 3 singles positions, respectively. Mudre scored his was to a 6-4, 6-1 victory while Hyatt worked hard to post a 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 tiebreaking win.

Chattanooga finishes out the regular season on Saturday, April 16 when it faces UNCG Southern Conference member at the UTC Tennis Center. First serve is slated for 12 pm ET and will feature ‘Senior Day’ pre-match recognition.

Chattanooga 6, Austin Peay 1
4/12/2022 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (UTC Tennis Center)

DOUBLES

1. Frederic Schlossmann / Anton Damberg (APSU) def. Kerim Hyatt/Kaisei Kuroki (UTC) 7-6
2. Simon Labbe/Jordan McClure (UTC) def. Tom Bolton / Giovanni Becchis (APSU) 6-4
3. Thomas Rodriguez/Ryan Mudre (UTC) def. Oliver Andersson / Hogan Stoker (APSU) 6-1

SINGLES

1. Thomas Rodriguez (UTC) def. Frederic Schlossmann (APSU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Kerim Hyatt (UTC) def. Oliver Andersson (APSU) 6-3, 3-6, 10-5
3. Simon Labbe (UTC) def. Anton Damberg (APSU) 6-0, 6-4
4. Tom Bolton (APSU) def. Jordan McClure (UTC) 7-5, 7-5
5. Ryan Mudre (UTC) def. Giovanni Becchis (APSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Jacob Marshall (UTC) def. Hogan Stoker (APSU) 6-1, 6-2

MATCH NOTES

Austin Peay 5-7
Chattanooga 6-15
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,6,3,5,2,4)

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