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Western Carolina Solidifies First Win of the Season

Sara Ruiz Pajares picked up her first collegiate singles win Friday.

March 14, 2014


Savannah, Ga. - Sara Ruiz Pajares won her first collegiate match and the Catamounts won their first doubles point of the season, as Western Carolina gained its first victory of the 2014 campaign defeating Savannah State, 6-1, Friday afternoon at the Tiger Tennis Courts.

"I am really proud of the way the girls competed today." head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins said. "It feels great to get our first win, but I am even happier for the team because of all the hard work they have put in this year."

Western Carolina (1-8-1) collected victories at both of the doubles matches on the day. At the No.1 doubles match, Stacia Kissell and Shannon Bettiol won their second consecutive doubles match, blanking Andrea Pavolic and Nadin Olsson, 8-0.

Despite defaulting the No.3 doubles match, the Catamounts clinched the doubles point as Megan McLinden and Ruiz Pajares defeated Jennyfer Vivas and Angela Bonilla, 8-2, at the No.2 doubles spot.

Along with winning both doubles matches, the Catamounts won all five singles contests on the day.

Kissell extended her singles winning streak to seven matches on the season as she defeated Pavlovic, 6-0, 6-0, in the No. 1 singles matchup. Kissell's win gives her nine singles victories on the year.

Western Carolina's Erin Maguire found victory today for the first time, snapping a five-match streak, as she defeated Nicole Ashiedu, 6-3, 6-1, in the No.5 singles spot.



The Catamounts claimed the overall match victory when McLinden defeated the Tigers' Olsson in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

WCU added to their point total on the afternoon at the No.2 singles position with Bettiol's defeat of Savannah State's Bonilla for her third consecutive singles victory. She claimed the match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.

After dropping a close contest against Mercer the day before, WCU's Ruiz Pajares cracked the win column as she defeated Vivas at the No. 4 position, winning 6-0, 6-4.

The Catamounts will continue its three-match, three-day road trip at Georgia Southern on Saturday, March 15 at noon.