Feb. 1, 2014
Bristol, Tenn. - Western Carolina's Stacia Kissell and Erin Maguire won their singles matches, but the Catamounts women's tennis team dropped their season opener, 5-2, at East Tennessee State Saturday afternoon at the Bristol Racquet and Fitness Club.
The Buccaneers swept the doubles matches after sweeping the three matches. ETSU's Jessica Brumit and Giulia Andreazza defeated WCU's Shannon Bettiol and Stacia Kissell 8-7 at the No. 1 double spot, and the Bucs' Salma Dahbi and Anna Gerbasi defeated the Catamounts' Erin Maguire and Sara Ruiz Pajares 8-2 at the No. 2 double position. WCU had to forfeit the No. 3 doubles point.
Maguire claimed the first point of the match and of the season for the Catamounts as she topped Augustina Amon, 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 4 singles spot.
ETSU took a 3-1 lead, WCU had to forfeit the No. 6 singles match, when Dahbi defeated Ruiz Pajares 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 3 singles spot. The Bucs claimed the match with wins at the No.2 singles where Gerbasi defeated Bettiol in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, and at No. 4 singles where Brumit defeated McLinden 6-0, 6-2.
Kissell continued to fight as she claimed the second WCU point in the last match of the day with a 6-4, 6-3 straight set win over Andreazza.
The Catamounts will take the court Friday, February 7 at 2 p.m. at UNC Wilmington for its next match.