CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina women’s tennis team fell in its final home Southern Conference match of the season 7-0 to visiting Samford Sunday afternoon. WCU’s No. 2 doubles team picked up a victory put it was not enough to secure a point for the Catamounts.
"We competed very hard today and I have to acknowledge that Samford is a great team who deserved to get the W,” said head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins. “Our team score might not reflect how close the match actually was but I will venture to say this has to be the most competitive match that our team has played against Samford, from every position, in a very long time. To have match points in doubles on courts one and three after winning at two and then to turn around and have four three set singles matches shows how deep our lineup is becoming."
WCU came out swinging Sunday morning as the Catamounts led in all three matches and had a chance to clinch the doubles point. Freshmen Lauren McCall and Jordan Strickland picked up a win at No. 2, 6-2. Sophomores Savannah Taranto and Alexa Webb had a late lead at No. 1 but fell 7-5. Junior Elizabeth Ansari and freshman Madison Riley took their match to a tiebreaker and fell 7-6 (4).
The momentum would carry over to the singles matches as WCU took four sets and forced four singles matches to a decisive third set. WCU picked up first set victories at No. 3 and No. 6 as Webb won in the third spot 6-2 and McCall won at No. 3, 6-4.
Strickland and Riley took second set victories. Strickland won at No. 1, 6-3 while Riley won at No. 4, 6-2.
Samford would hang on to win every singles match and take a decisive 7-0 victory.
The loss drops WCU to 11-11 overall and 0-6 in SoCon action. The Bulldogs improved to 11-9 overall and 3-3 in league play.
WCU will hit the road for its final conference match of the season as the Catamounts take on Furman University on Wednesday, April 12 at 3 pm.