March 10, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. -
Western Carolina women's tennis was nipped by a score of 4-3 for the second straight day, falling to North Carolina Central in Durham, N.C., at the NCCU Tennis Courts Sunday afternoon. The Catamounts fell to 1-7 while North Carolina Central improved to 5-2.
After falling in No. 1 doubles by a score of 8-1, Western Carolina came back to defeat NCCU in the No. 2 match with Stacia Kissell and Karen Jimenez winning by a score of 8-4. In the No. 3 match, NCCU took the doubles point with an 8-4 win.
Trailing in the match 0-1, Western Carolina needed to pick up four singles victories for the win. WCU tallied three singles victories and dropped two matches that went to three sets.
Stacia Kissell won her second straight match of the weekend with a decisive 6-1, 6-4 win over Olesya Palko in the No. 1 match. Shannon Bettiol and Erin Maguire cruised to victories with wins in the No. 5 and No. 6 matches by scores of 6-3, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-0. In the No. 3 and No. 4 matches, NCCU's Aissa Muamba and Rebecca Wood each won in three sets to give NCCU the home win.
After eight straight road matches, the Catamounts finally return to Cullowhee where WCU will play eight of its next nine beginning with a home contest against non-conference foe, Gardner-Webb. The Catamounts and the Bulldogs play Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex.