April 15, 2014
Chattanooga, Tenn. - Led by first-team all-conference selection, Stacia Kissell, the No. 10 seed Western Carolina women's tennis team looks to upset rival, outgoing Southern Conference member and the No. 7 seed Appalachian Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the opening round of the SoCon Tournament hosted by Chattanooga at the UTC Tennis Courts.
Kissell, who was named First Team All-Southern Conference Monday afternoon, went a record setting 15-5 overall and 5-4 in conference all out of the No. 1 singles spot. Playing in the No. 2 singles position, Shannon Bettiol went 6-14 overall and 2-7 in league play.
In the third singles position, Megan McLinden and Sara Ruiz Pajares combined to go 5-15 overall. McLinden was 5-8 at No. 3, 2-4 at No. 4 and 0-1 at No. 5 for a 7-13 overall mark. She was 4-5 in SoCon matches claiming the second most league wins on the team.
Ruiz Pajares was 2-18 overall including a 0-7 record at No. 3 and a 2-11 mark at No. 4. She went winless in nine tries in SoCon matches.
Erin Maguire, who split time at the No. 5 and No. 6, won six matches all told with three matches at each position. She was 1-8 in league play.
Nicole Nielly, who played in only nine matches this season due to injury was 1-8 all out at the No. 5 singles spot.
In doubles matches, head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins played ten different combinations that combined for a 5-50 record. WCU claimed only two doubles points during the season. The pair of Bettiol and Kissell had the best success going 3-11 all at the top doubles pairing.
In the only meeting between the Mountaineers and Catamounts this season, App State edged out a 6-1 win on its home courts. Two of the doubles match ups went to the tiebreaker with ASU claiming both as wins. In the singles matches, McLinden was the lone Catamount to earn a win taking down her opponent at the No. 3 spot, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
The Catamounts are 1-15 in the SoCon Tournament with their lone win coming against the Mountaineers, 5-3, in 1998 - the first year the championship moved from an individual format to a team format. WCU has been swept in the last four championships bowing out with earning a point since claiming two wins in the 2007 tournament.