CULLOWHEE, N.C. - In a match that was closer than the final score indicated, the Western Carolina women’s tennis team fell 7-0 to the defending Southern Conference champions ETSU Sunday afternoon in both teams second Southern Conference match of the season. WCU nearly pulled off the doubles point and fought hard in nearly every singles contest but the Bucs were able to pick up the sweep.
"I thought we competed really well today,” said head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins. “Anytime you play the defending conference champions it's an exciting opportunity and I thought we came out in doubles and played really strong. Jordan (Strickland) and Lauren (McCall) played great to secure the win at number 3 and Alexa (Webb) and Savannah (Taranto) also played great to get themselves into a winning position at number 1. In singles, we had some chances in sets but ETSU just came up with the majority of the big points on each court."
The loss drops WCU to 11-6 overall on the season and 0-2 in conference play while the Bucs improved to 7-4 overall and 2-0 in league action.
ETSU won at No. 2 doubles 6-0 but freshmen Lauren McCall and Jordan Strickland even up the doubles race with a 6-2 victory at No. 3. The point would come down to the No. 1 match and sophomores Savannah Taranto and Alexa Webb looked to be in position to clinch the point as they led 5-4 but a pair of ETSU victories on serve and one broken serve gave the Bucs a 7-5 victory.
The Bucs went on the win every singles match but a number of the sets were tough battles. Strickland fell at No. 1 6-1, 705 while junior Elizabeth Ansari put up the toughest fight at No.5 falling 6-4, 6-4.
Freshman Madison Riley also put up a tough fight at No. 4 falling 6-3, 6-4. Every Catamount won at least one singles game with four winning four or more games.
The Catamounts will be back in action on Saturday, March 25 as the Mocs of Chattanooga visit Cullowhee for a SoCon match. Action begins at 2 pm Saturday afternoon.