CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina women’s tennis team fell by the slimmest of margins Friday afternoon at the Catamount Athletic Complex to Kennesaw State, 4-3. The match came down to the final court and the third set as the Owls edged WCU for the second-straight year. Sophomores Jordan Strickland and Lauren McCall picked up singles victories while two of WCU’s doubles teams helped bring home the doubles point.
Freshman Jordyn King and McCall jumped started the Catamount effort with a 6-2 decision at No. 2 doubles. The Owls evened up the score with a win at number three before junior Savannah Taranto and Strickland clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 win at No. 1.
Kennesaw State evened the match with a win at No. 6 singles before the Catamounts retook the lead with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 5 as McCall earned her third singles victory of the season.
KSU went on to win at No. 1 and No. 3 to take a 3-2 lead in the match but Strickland would not give the match away as she toughed out a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 three-set victory at No. 2 to improve to a perfect 4-0 in singles action.
The match came down to No. 4 as junior Alexa Webb fought all the way to the end. KSU took a 5-1 lead in the third set and Webb fought off three match points to win the game and cut the deficit to 5-2. The Owls eventually clinched the match with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 decision.
The loss drops WCU’s record to 2-2 on the season while the Owls improved to 1-4 on the year.
The Catamounts will now begin preparations for their second home match of the season, Saturday, Feb. 17 against Appalachian State.