CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina women's tennis team dropped its third Southern Conference match of the season Saturday afternoon to the visiting Mocs of Chattanooga. The Mocs jumped out to an early lead after doubles and hung on to win the match 5-2 over the Catamounts. Freshman Madison Riley moved within two singles victories of tying the WCU program record for wins in a season currently held by former Catamount Stacia Kissell who won 16 matches in both 2014 and 2016.
"Overall, I thought the team competed really well today," said associate head coach Jacob Eddins. "We got off to a great start in doubles on courts one and three, but we have to give credit to Chattanooga for making the adjustments and pulling out the match on court one. In singles, they were just a little too tough for us at the top of the lineup and we definitely had some bright spots from our freshmen to get the two singles wins. Despite the loss, our girls are continuing to develop and we are doing a better job implementing our game plans and sticking to our strengths. Our focus is now to prepare for another SoCon matchup when UNCG comes to town on Saturday."
Riley was one of two Catamounts to win singles matches Saturday as she downed her competition at No. 4, 6-4, 6-4. The other WCU point came at No. 6 singles as freshman Lauren McCall won a hard fought 7-6 (5), 6-4 match.
UTC took the doubles point after winning at No. 1 and No. 2 but McCall and fellow freshman Jordan Strickland won at No. 3, 6-4, despite the point already being clinched.
The Mocs would clinch the overall match with wins at No. 2, No. 1 and No. 3. Riley ended the streak with her win at No. 4 but the Mocs would pick up an additional point with a win at No. 5. McCall's match would be the final one decided giving WCU two points on the day.
The Catamounts will be back in action Saturday, April 1 as WCU welcomes in UNCG for a 1 pm match.