KENNESAW, Ga. - For the sixth time this season a Western Carolina women’s tennis match was decided by the score of 4-3 and for the third time WCU came out on the losing end as the Kennesaw State Owls topped the Catamounts Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Alexa Webb moved into a tie for third on the single season charts for individual victories as she captured her 13th win of the season.
"This year seems to be the year of 4-3 matches,” said head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins. “Being a young team with three freshmen in our lineup, that kind of experience will end up being invaluable; even if it stings a little today. I was really proud of our effort and fight on every court. We are learning what it takes to compete at our highest level each and every match and today we definitely showed progress even though we lost."
WCU fell behind early as the Owls took the doubles point by winning 6-2 at No. 2 and 6-3 at No. 3. The No. 1 match went unfinished with KSU leading 5-4.
The Owls went ahead 2-0 after Kennedy Craig handed freshman Madison Riley just her third loss of the season at No. 4, 6-3, 6-1. KSU took a 3-0 lead with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory at No. 1 before freshman Lauren McCall ended the run at No. 6 as she captured WCU’s first point with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory.
Kennesaw clinched the match at No. 2 as Cristina Perez Martin defeated Savannah Taranto 7-6 (5), 6-4 to earn KSU’s fourth point of the match.
Junior Elizabeth Ansari picked up WCU’s second point of the day as she won at No. 5, 7-5, 6-2 before Webb closed out the match with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 come-from-behind victory at No. 3. Webb was playing in her hometown of Kennesaw, Ga., for the first time since joining the Catamounts. Webb now owns WCU’s longest current win streak at seven-straight matches.
WCU will not have much time off as the Catamounts are quickly back in action tomorrow afternoon as WCU hosts ETSU in its second Southern Conference match of the season. The Catamounts and Buccaneers will take the courts at the Catamount Athletic Complex at 1 pm Sunday afternoon.