April 12, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -
Western Carolina Tennis (1-14, 0-9 SoCon) was defeated 6-1 by the Georgia Southern Eagles (9-11, 4-6 SoCon) on Friday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
"I was very proud of the way the girls played today against GSU," said head coach Chris Wollett. "We did a good job creating pressure and opportunities."
Freshman Stacia Kissell held her own in singles competition after being defeated by GSU's Paola Garrido in a super tie break 10-2. Kissell lost the first set 7-5, but came back in the second winning 6-4.
Nicole Nielly also battled through a tie break in No. 3 singles, but lost 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.
WCU's Shannon Bettiol won by default in No. 4 singles against GSU's Natalie Maffett, gaining WCU's lone victory of the match. Maffett was pulled out of the match by GSU Head Coach Amy Bonner after two sets with scores of 2-6, 6-4.
Sara Ruiz Pajares and Erin Maguire also lost at the No. 2 and the No. 5 positions.
In doubles, both teams were defeated 8-4 with Kissell and Bettiol playing in the No. 1 match, while Nielly and Pajares played in the No. 2 match.
"The girls are looking forward to the last conference match against the College of Charleston and Senior Day tomorrow," said Wollett.
The team will host College of Charleston on Saturday in their last regular season match at 11 a.m. and honor senior Karen Jiménez.