March 30, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina women's tennis picked up wins from Stacia Kissell and Shannon Bettiol, but could not overcome UNCG in a 5-2 loss at the Catamount Athletic Complex on a blustery Sunday afternoon in a Southern Conference match.
The Spartans claimed the doubles point after Soumeya and Anane and Stephanie Falcon defeated Erin Maguire and Sara Ruiz Pajares, 8-0, at the No. 3 spot and Dilara Yurtkuran and Yasmin Franco took down Megan McLinden and Nicole Nielly, 8-2, at the No. 2 spot.
UNCG completed the doubles sweep with an 8-3 win by Kayla Gammie and Devon Sutherland over Stacia Kissell and Shannon Bettiol in the No. 1 match.
Leading 5-0 in the first set, WCU's Stacia Kissell improved her consecutive No. 1 singles match winning to 11 when UNCG's Dilara Yurtkuran retired in the first set due to injury after trailing 5-0. Kissell moved to 13-1 on the season and has now won more singles matches than any Catamount player since 1998 from available records. The win evened the match at one point apiece.
Franco gave UNCG a 2-1 advantage in the match with a 6-0, 6-1 straight set win over Nielly at the No. 5 singles spot, and Jamie Grinberg extended the Spartan lead to 3-1 with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Maguire at the No. 6 spot.
Bettiol pulled the Catamounts within a point, 3-2, when she picked up a win at the No. 2 position after Anane retired trailing 3-0 in the second set. Bettiol, who surpassed her singles win total from the 2013 season with her fifth win of the season, had already won the first set, 7-5.
However, UNCG closed out the match claiming the final points with a 6-2, 6-2 Gammie defeat of Ruiz Pajares at No. 4 and a 6-3, 7-5 Falcon win over McLinden at No. 3 to seal the 5-2 win.
The Catamounts return to courts with Chattanooga on Wednesday, April 2 at 2 p.m. at the Catamount Athletic Complex's tennis courts.