CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s tennis dropped a thriller to Mercer 5-2 Friday at the Catamount Athletic Complex with the three final matches going to three sets.
“Today was a highly competitive match, but unfortunately we couldn’t come away with the win this afternoon,” said Associate Head Coach Jacob Eddins. “We did a great job getting off to a quick start in doubles to secure that point going into singles play.”
Mercer went on to win at number two, five and four to take a 3-1 lead. It was nip and tuck after that with the matches at number six, three and one going three sets.
Western Carolina dropped close three-set matches at number three and one but did capture a win at number six singles. Deehr won at number six singles 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.
“Hats off to Mercer for how they responded to take five first-sets in singles and take control of the match,” Eddins added. “Although we didn’t get the win it doesn’t take away anything that we have accomplished this season. This team has come along way but we aren’t done yet.”
Although the Catamounts dropped the match today, Western Carolina is heading into the Southern Conference Championships April 20-22, in Chattanooga, Tenn., as the No. 6 seed, the highest seed for WCU in program history. The Catamounts will either face Samford or Chattanooga who is vying for the No. 3 seed later today.
“We are excited to head to the conference tournament in Chattanooga next week,” Eddin said. “We hope to make a run for the SoCon title.”