Women's Tennis hosts Chattanooga on Saturday

Blue Raiders and Mocs meet for 34th time

February 21, 2014 · @MTAthletics

After an unexpected 13-day hiatus, the Middle Tennessee women's tennis team returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 22 against in-state foe Chattanooga. The match is set for a 1 p.m. first serve at the Buck Bouldin Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro.

The Blue Raiders (4-1) have won three consecutive matches with its most recent victory coming in a 7-0 shutout over Lipscomb on Feb. 9. MT's matches at ETSU and Winthrop last weekend were postponed due to wintry weather in Johnson City, Tenn.

Junior Tiffany William leads the Blue Raiders with a 5-0 record at the No. 1 position. William earned Conference USA Athlete of the Week honors on Feb. 11 for completing a perfect weekend against Austin Peay and Lipscomb. Nayara Moraes is also having a strong start to the dual season with a 4-1 record at the No. 3 position. Jesse Grace, Flavia Nagayama and Irina Constantinide all have three singles wins this spring.

In doubles action, Constantinide and Moraes have combined for a 4-1 start at the second slot. Also, Nagayama and freshman Sarah Sediri are 4-1 in No. 3 doubles.

"We are ready to get back out on the courts and compete after a weekend off," said head coach Shelley Godwin. "Jeff Clark has done a great job at Chattanooga and they are a very competitive team. We look forward to hosting them Saturday in what will be a fight from the first point."

Chattanooga is off to a 5-2 start, including picking up a 6-0 shutout over Mercer on Thursday. The Mocs have three players with 5-1 records: Alison Storie, Claire Mulyadi and Kaylene Chadwell. Middle Tennessee owns a 17-16 all-time record against the Mocs. Chattanooga defeated the Raiders last year, 7-0. 

Live stats and results of Saturday's match will be available online at GoBlueRaiders.com.

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