April 2, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina women's tennis team was swept Wednesday afternoon at the Catamount Athletic Complex's tennis courts by Chattanooga, 7-0, in a Southern Conference match.
The Mocs earned a clean sweep in the doubles matches as UTC's Kayla Jones and Alison Storie defeated Nicole Nielly and Sara Ruiz Pajares, 8-4, at the No. 2 position. The Mocs clinched the point with an 8-5 win by Kelsey Coots and Claire Mulyadi over Megan McLinden and Erin Maguire in the No. 3 match. In the No. 1 doubles match, Kaylene Chadwell and Alexa Flynn beat WCU's Stacia Kissell and Shannon Bettiol, 8-5.
The Mocs clamied their first singles match at the No.5 match when Mulyadi defeated Nielly, 6-0, 6-1, and picked up their third point of the match at the No. 2 position when Chadwell topped Bettiol, 6-2, 6-0.
WCU's Ruiz Pajares had a solid match, but could not overcome Coots in the No. 4 match as she fell, 6-4, 6-3, and Maguire was solid in the first set slipping 6-4, but UTC's Storie rallied in the second set claiming the match with a 6-1 win.
Kissell, who had strung together the longest winning streak in WCU women's tennis program history with 11 straight and the longest SoCon streak at five wins, lost her first match since February 7 at UNC Wilmington. Kissell was topped Kayla Jones in back-and-forth match, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7). Kissell falls to just 13-2 in the No. 1 singles' matches on the season and has more wins than any Catamount player in a single-season from available records starting in 1998.
The Catamounts travel to Davidson on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m. for its next match. WCU stays on the road with rival Appalachian State on Sunday, April 6 at 2:30 p.m. The Purple & Gold will return home for their home finale on Wednesday, April 9 at 3 p.m. against Furman.