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Johnson City, Tenn.-- Chattanooga freshman James Dickerson won the biggest match of his career Saturday to lead the Mocs to a 4-3 Southern Conference victory over East Tennessee State.
Dickerson, who entered the match with a 2-3 record in league competition, outlast Francisco Diaz 7-6,1-6,6-4 to clinch the win.
The Mocs, 11-8 and 7-3 in league play, won two of three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. UTC also picked up singles wins at No. 1 and No. 5. Sophomore Jason Ontog completed a clean sweep within the SoCon, defeating Gustavo Gomez 2-6, 6-2,6-3 at No.1. Ontog finishes league play 10-0 after beating Gomez, last year's SoCon Player of the Year.
Fabian Bechara also won for the Mocs with a 7-6,7-6 win over Roberto Fernandez at No. 5. The Buccaneers, 11-11, 7-2, earned singles wins at No. 2,3 and 4. Marcos Pavlovich defeated Jesse Koti 6-3,7-6 at No. 2, Juan Yannuzzi beat John Hangstefer 6-3,6-3 at No. 3 and Pablos Sahagun defeated Fungai Munjanja 2-6,7-6,6-2 at No. 4. The Bucs will travel to Charleston, S.C. this weekend to take part in the Southern Conference Championships. The tournament will be hosted by The Citadel.
Singles 1. Jason Ontog (UTC) def. Gustavo Gomez (ETSU), 2-6,6-2,6-3 2. Marcos Pavlovich (ETSU) def. Jesse Koti (UTC), 6-3,7-6 3. Juan Yannuzzi(ETSU) def. John Hangstefer (UTC), 6-3,6-3 4. Pablo Sahagun(ETSU) def. Fungai Munjanja (UTC), 2-6,7-6,6-2 5. Fabian Bechara (UTC) def. Roberto Fernandez(ETSU), 7-6,7-6 6. James Dickerson (UTC) def. Francisco Diaz (ETSU), 7-5,1-6,6-4
Doubles 1. Koti/Ontog (UTC) def. Gomez/Fernandez (ETSU) 8-5 2. Pavlovich/Yannuzzi (ETSU) def. Brandon Abney/Munjanja (UTC), 8-6 3. Bechara/Hangstefer (UTC) def. Diaz/Sahagun (ETSU), 8-6