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Catamounts Women’s Tennis Senior Day Complete with Sweep

Elizabeth Ansari returning a serve.
April 16, 2016

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CULLOWHEE, N.C. -Western Carolina women’s tennis team sets a program record with double header sweep over Lenoir Rhyne and Limestone to close out the 2016 regular season Saturday.

”I thought we did a great job taking care of business today in both matches,” said assistant head coach Jacob Eddins. “Overall we are happy to come away with two wins today and get back over .500 on the year.”

Western Carolina 6 Lenoir Rhyne 1

The Catamounts defeated the Bears 6-1 in the first match of the day.

Freshman Savannah Taranto and freshman Alexa Webb got the match started by winning the No. 2 flight 6-0 over Julia Ponomareva and Lucy Stofberg.

Catamount seniors Shannon Bettiol and Nicole Nielly clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 victory over Dominique Bruce and Marta Escanero Funes at No. 1. WCU was not able to get the sweep losing in the No. 3 flight.

Senior Stacia Kissell improved to 15-5 in singles play by defeating Bruce 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1. She now needs one more victory to tie her record for wins in a season.

Senior Megan McLinden, at No. 2, put the Catamounts ahead 3-0 with her 7-5, 6-1 victory Funes.

Freshman Gaby Hurt clinched the match by defeating Jessica Rumple 7-5, 6-1 at No. 6.

Webb at No. 4 beat Stofberg 6-2, 6-4. Sophomore Elizabeth Ansari closed out the scoring for WCU at the No. 3 flight with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ponomareva.

During the break between the matches the five seniors were recognized and saluted for their four years within the program and set the bar for the upcoming seasons with the 12 victories.

”As for our seniors, we are very proud of everything that they have done for our program both on and off the court,” stated Eddins. “Out of this group we have had two SoCon player of the week awards, the first player in WCU history to receive 1st team All Southern Conference, and they also go out being a part of a new program record of 12 wins in a single season. That's a pretty special moment for our team.”

Western Carolina 5 Limestone 2

Western Carolina sweeps the doubles to take a 1-0 lead after the senior day activities.

Nielly and Maguire teamed up at the No. 3 flight to defeat Manon Janin and Kayla Meermans 6-0.

The tandem of Taranto and McLinden clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 victory over Alexandra Boulbin and Gabriela Van Ooststroom at the No. 2 spot.

The team of Kissell and Bettiol closed out the doubles at No. 1 with a 7-6 (7-3) tiebreak win over Marian Pinate and Hannah Hopkins.

Kissell gave the Catamounts a 2-0 lead defeating Janin 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

McLinden stepped up at the No. 2 flight getting a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Boulbin.

Nielly clinched the match for Western Carolina defeating Ana Chiria 6-0, 6-3 at No. 6 singles.

Bettiol closed out the scoring for the Catamounts with her 6-2, 3-6, (10-5) three set victory over Pinate at No. 3.

”We will find out our opponent at the tournament by Monday morning. We know we are going to have to be ready to battle one of the best in the SoCon for our first round, but we are up for the challenge and are excited about that opportunity,” said Eddins

The 5-2 victory over Limestone closed out the regular season for WCU and they next will take to the courts at the Southern Conference Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. April 22-24.