Feb. 18, 2010
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina women's tennis team finally evaded a postponement and picked up a 6-1 season-opening victory over Brevard College on Thursday afternoon at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
The opening win for the Catamounts (1-0) was the first since defeating Presbyterian College, 4-3, on February 20, 2004. Brevard College dropped to 0-2 on the season after the loss.
The Catamounts earned the doubles point after Amanda Massey and Ainhoa Iglesias Díaz combined for an 8-6 win over the Tornados' pair of Lindsay Shaeffer and Kim Dixon. Freshmen duo Karen Jiménez Sarmiento and Carolina Lainez earned an 8-5 victory over Brevard's Lindsay Hostetter and Claire Dillman.
Emily Turke and Izabella Glinska helped the Catamounts sweep the doubles portion of the match with an 8-4 defeat of Brevard's Sara Douglas and Jennifer Nyman.
WCU picked up five out of a possible six victories in the singles section of Thursday's match. The freshman Lainez used two sets, 6-1, 6-1 to defeat Hostetter in the number two slot. Jiménez Sarmiento also picked up a straight-set victory in the five spot, 6-1, 6-1 over Kim Dixon.
Glinska, a senior from Toronto, Ontario, prevailed in a three-set match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 by defeating Brevard's Dillman.
There were also a pair three-set matches played in the four and six spots of the lineup. Iglesias Díaz dropped the middle set 6-7, but picked up a 6-1 and 6-0 to claim the victory. Veteran Emily Turke picked up a pair of wins 6-2, 6-3 while dropping the middle set, and 6-0.
Brevard College's lone point came off a tie-break victory from Shaeffer, who defeated Massey 7-5 in the tie-breaker. Shaeffer then went on to win set two 6-4, before claiming the final set in a super tie-break, 10-8.
"It was finally good to get out there and play," noted Catamounts coach Jan Stubbs. "I felt that we did some good things and hopefully this will help boost our momentum for the weekend."
Western Carolina will host Mercer on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm at the Catamount Athletic Complex.