Feb. 10, 2013
CLINTON, S.C. - After not being able to get in an official match in its first three attempts this season, the Western Carolina women's tennis team picked up its first win of 2013 as the Catamounts downed Presbyterian, 5-2, on Sunday in Clinton, S.C. The win was the first season-opening win for the Purple and Gold since 2010 - a victory over Brevard - when the first five matches of the season were postponed.
The Catamounts opened up strong winning the doubles points. The WCU pairs of Nicole Nielly / Shannon Bettiol and Stacia Kissell / Karen Jiménez cruised to 8-2 and 8-4 in the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches, respectively. The No. 3 doubles, PC's Carolina DeLoach and Kayla Stanford escaped Sara Ruiz Pajares and Erin Maguire, winning 8-5.
WCU won four of the six singles matches with three of the six matches needed three sets to determine a winner. After falling 4-6 in the first set of No. 1 singles, freshman Stacia Kissellcame roaring blank PC's Greer Ransom, 6-0, in the second. The third set was tight with a tiebreak needed to break the tie. Kissell came away with the victory to pick up her first collegiate victory.
In No. 2 singles, the lone upperclassmen - Karen Jiménez - easily tallied the win, 6-2,6-0. Nicole Nielly defeated Lindsay Krause in No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-4. In No. 6 singles, Erin Maguirecame from behind to pull out a three-set win, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6.
The Catamounts continue their eight-match road swing against directional rival East Carolina after a 13-day break from competition with a match on Feb. 23.