March 2, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Stacia Kissell won her sixth match of the season but Western Carolina fell to Samford 6-1, in their first Southern Conference match of the year at Catamount Athletic Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Kissell gained the only point for the Catamounts (0-6-1, 0-1) with her No. 1 singles victory over Stephanie N'tcha, 6-3, 2-6, (10-6). Kissell started out the first set with a 4-0 lead and held on for the set victory, winning two of the last five games. N'tcha forced a third set tiebreak with her second set win, but Kissell pulled out the point for WCU with a 10-6 win the tiebreaker. With her win, Kissell surpassed her win total from last season with six in the first seven matches of the season.
Samford (7-1, 2-0) gained the first point of the day with victory in the No. 2 doubles match when N'tcha and Yasmeen Ebada defeated WCU's Shannon Bettiol and Sara Ruiz Pajares, 8-0. That victory secured the doubles point for the Bulldogs as Western Carolina defaulted the No. 3 doubles match.
At the No. 1 doubles match, Western Carolina's Kissell and Megan McLinden fell to Samford's Kristin Lewis and Emily Mallory, 8-2.
In singles play, WCU's Erin Maguire, playing in the No. 5 singles slot for the Catamounts, fell to Carlita Moolman in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.
Already leading 3-0 in the match, Samford clinched match victory with a win at the No. 2 singles position as Lewis defeated Bettiol, 6-0, 6-3.
WCU's Ruiz Pajares battled in the first set in the No. 3 singles match, but fell to Samford's Jessica Northcutt, 6-3, 6-0.
Kissell gave the final point of the match to WCU with her No. 1 singles win as the Bulldogs claimed the 6-1 after WCU defaulted at the No. 6 singles spot.
The Purple & Gold return to action as the Catamounts host Southern Conference foe, Wofford on Saturday, March 8, with match start time scheduled for noon.