April 13, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina Tennis was defeated 7-0 on Saturday by the 2013 Southern Conference Champions, College of Charleston, in the last regular-season match of the year.
"I was extremely impressed with how we competed in doubles today," said head coach Chris Wollett. "Anytime you lose the doubles matches with two tie breakers to decide it, you know you're competing at a high level."
The Cougars (17-8, 9-1 SoCon) edged by the Catamounts in doubles play, winning by just one point in each match. WCU's Stacia Kissell and Shannon Bettiol lost 8-7 at the No. 1 position, while Nicole Nielly and Sara Ruiz Pajares lost 9-8 in the No. 2 match.
Kissell came out fighting in No. 1 singles play, but ultimately fell to CofC's Kelly Kambourelis 7-5, 6-2. Pajares lost 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 2 position, while Nielly was defeated in the No. 3 match 6-1, 6-2. Bettiol and Erin Maguire lost at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots.
"We competed tough with CofC and their one of the best teams in the conference," said Wollett. "I think this will help us next week when preparing for the SoCon tournament."
Saturday's match also marked Senior Day for lone Catamount senior, Karen Jiménez. The Colombia native's career ended early when she sustained a knee injury during doubles play against Gardner-Webb.
WCU will travel to Elon, N.C. for the Southern Conference Tournament on April 18-21 at Elon University in the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center. The team ends the regular-season 1-15 overall and 0-10 in the conference.