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Snow Halts Season-Opener against Coastal Carolina

Freshman Stacia Kissell

Feb. 2, 2013

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - In the midst of a strong Catamount showing in singles play, snow caused Western Carolina and Coastal Carolina to cancel an already postponed match at the Catamount Athletic Complex.

Coastal Carolina got off to the start it wanted by earning the doubles point off wins at the No.1 and No. 3 doubles. Coastal's Kortney Kowal and Mikaela Davies at No. 1 doubles defeated WCU's Nicole Nielly and Shannon Bettiol while De Wit and Scott downed Sara Ruiz Pajares and Erin Maguire. Both matches were decided by 8-2 scores in favor of the Chanticleers. WCU's No. 2 doubles team of Stacia Kissell and Karen Jiménez was having no trouble with the Chanticleers' No. 2 teams as they led by a score of 7-2 when play stopped once Coastal Carolina tallied the doubles point.

The Catamounts notched first set wins in four singles matches when play was interrupted by the snow. Stacia Kissell led Alicia Robinson in No. 1 singles as Kissell won the first set 6-0. Kissell was down 5-1 in the second.

Karen Jiménez (6-2, 4-2), Shannon Bettiol (6-4, 2-3), and Erin Maguire (6-2, 1-3) all won first sets against Coastal. Thought she did not win the first set, Nicole Nielly at No. 4 singles was leading Coastal's Kowal 4-3 in the second.

"After losing the doubles point, the team did a great job of getting prepared for singles," said head coach Chris Wollett. "We jumped out to a big lead in the singles match taking the first set on four courts. The freshmen were playing well after working hard all fall and it showed today. Unfortunately the weather didn't allow us to finish. Even though today's match wasn't completed, I feel like this will give them confidence going to next weekend's match."



Western Carolina's match against Young Harris tomorrow has also been cancelled due to inclement weather. The Catamounts return to action Friday at home against Mars Hill with the match beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Doubles (Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2)

1.  Kortney Kowal / Mikaela Davies (CCU) def. Nicole Nielly / Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 8-2

2. Stacia Kissell / Karen Jiménez (WCU) vs. Shelby Bates / Vanessa Ortiz (CCU) 7-2

3. Libby Scott / Dominique De Wit (CCU) def. Sara Ruiz Pajares / Erin Maguire (WCU) 8-2



1.  Stacia Kissell (WCU) vs. Alicia Robinson (CCU) 6-0, 1-5

2. Karen Jiménez (WCU) vs. Shelby Bates (CCU) 6-2, 4-2

3. Libby Scott (CCU) vs. Sara Ruiz Pajares (WCU) 6-3, 3-1

4. Kortney Kowal (CCU) vs. Nicole Nielly (WCU) 6-3, 3-4

5. Shannon Bettiol (WCU) vs. Mikaela Davies (CCU) 6-4, 2-3

6. Erin Maguire (WCU) vs. Dominique De Wit (CCU) 6-2, 1-3