Chattanooga women’s tennis coach Jeff Clark picked up his 100th win as head coach of the Lady Mocs on Friday evening with his team’s win over Austin Peay at the Hixson Racquet Club.
UTC, which improved to 5-0 for the first time in more than a decade, defeated the Lady Governors 7-0.
“Chattanooga has such a tremendous tennis community and it is an amazing place to coach,” Clark said. “Getting to 100 wins is great, but it is really about the student-athletes. They are the ones who win the matches, and we have had a lot of good ones over the years. We have a bunch of good ones this year, and hopefully we can keep it going.”
Clark, in his sixth year of his second stint at UTC, coached the Lady Mocs from 1999-2001, then return to Chattanooga in 2007. His career record stands at 100-84.
The Lady Mocs are nearly perfect through five matches, only losing one point in their season-opening, 6-1 win over Kennesaw State. Since then, Chattanooga has blanked in-state rivals Middle Tennessee State, Lipscomb and Austin Peay.
UTC won all three doubles matches Friday, including a pair of 8-0 shutouts at No. 2 and No. 3. Senior Jenna Nurik and sophomore Kaylene Chadwell improved to 4-1 at No. 2, while freshmen Kelsey Coots and Kayla Jones also improved to 4-1 after their 8-5 win at No. 1.
Nurik clinched the victory with her (6-3, 6-2) win over Allison Carre in No. 1 singles action, improving to 5-0 this spring and 10-6 on the year. Jones also moved to 5-0 this spring following her (6-3, 6-3) victory over Andra Cornea at No. 3, and she leads the team with a 16-2 singles mark.
Chadwell posted a (6-1, 6-3) win at No. 2, while Coots, sophomore Claire Mulyadi and freshman Jovana Pecovski also grabbed singles wins.