CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Due to the threat of rain in the early morning hours, Western Carolina women’s tennis’ final home match of the season with ETSU Friday, at the Catamount Athletic Complex, has been moved to 3 p.m.
Western Carolina is coming off a dramatic 4-3 Southern Conference victory over Samford March 31 on Senior Day when Savannah Taranto and Alexa Webb were honored prior to the match. Freshman Julia Pezzuco clinched the match, which was tied at 3-3 when she picked up a victory at No. 6 singles to secure the “W” over the Bulldogs.
The Catamounts enter Friday’s match in a tie for fourth place with UNCG as each has a 2-3 record in conference play. As of now, the Spartans hold the tie-breaker after defeating WCU earlier in the season. The two wins by Western Carolina, in SoCon play, ties the program record for most conference wins in a season. Western Carolina boasts an overall record of 12-7.
ETSU enters the match undefeated in SoCon play, 4-0, and an overall record of 9-9. The Buccaneers have wins over two of the same teams the Catamounts have faced, as both have victories over Samford and Chattanooga. ETSU topped a Mercer team that WCU fell to earlier in the year. The Bucs are still set to face the top two teams in conference play closing out the regular season against UNCG and Furman.
Freshman Jacy Smith leads the Catamounts, in singles play, with a record of 15-3 having won her last 11 matches. Her 15 wins rank second in the WCU women’s tennis record books for most singles wins in a season. She is one win away from tying the program record set by Stacia Kissell in both the 2014 and 2016 season.
Junior Jordan Strickland is the second of three Catamounts with double-figure wins in singles play. She has a record of 11-8. She is also chasing a program record, just like Smith, as she currently has 36 career wins and is also looking to knock off Kissell who ended her career with 37 singles victories.
The Catamounts second freshman phenom Pezzuco also has double-digit singles victories with a record of 12-8.
After hosting ETSU, Western Carolina closes out the regular season on the road April 11 traveling to Wofford.