Feb. 7, 2014
Wilmington, N.C. - Western Carolina women's team had a short turnaround as the Catamounts dropped their second match of the day, 7-0, at UNC Wilmington on Friday at the UNCW Courts.
The Purple & Gold, who earlier in the day lost 5-1 at Coastal Carolina in an 8:30 a.m. match, traveled the roughly 85 miles -- hour and a half ride -- from Coastal Carolina to UNC Wilmington for the matinee match against the Seahawks.
"I'm proud of the team's effort today in both matches Friday," said first year head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins. "It is never easy to have a doubleheader at two different schools, but the girls handled the day very well. They came out ready to compete in both matches and gave it their all. I feel that we will be leaving here a tougher and more experienced team."
Starting the match with doubles competition, WCU's No. 1 team, Stacia Kissell and Shannon Bettiol fell to Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevich, 8-5. The win gave the Seahawks the doubles point as the Catamounts had the forfeit the No. 3 doubles position.
After her win earlier today, WCU's Stacia Kissell was defeated No. 1 singles match by UNCW's Angie Sekely, 6-2, 6-2. It was her first loss of the 2014 season in singles competition.
UNCW's Hamilton Lovett defeated WCU's Megan McLinden at the No. 5 singles spot to pull the Seahawks within a point of clinching the match.
With three points in hand, UNCW clinched the match as Alyssa Ritchie won the No. 2 singles match against Shannon Bettiol, 6-2, 6-1.
The Catamounts dropped the last two singles matches, as Sara Ruiz Pajares fell in her match against Christine Kharkevich, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles contest, and Erin Maguire was defeated by Kelly Cameron, 6-2, 6-4, in the No. 4 singles match. WCU forfeited the No. 6 singles, giving the Seahawks the 7-0 sweep.
Western Carolina takes the court again on Wednesday, February 12 as the Catamounts travel to Gardner-Webb with start time for the match against the Runnin' Bulldogs scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.