April 19, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C. -
In the opening round of the 2012 Southern Conference Tennis Championships held in Charleston, S.C., Western Carolina’s women’s tennis team fell, 4-0, to rival Appalachian State. The match was originally scheduled to be played at 2:00 p.m., but was delayed twice because of rain in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
In the doubles matches, Appalachian State quickly jumped to a 1-0 lead in the paired competition with WCU not fielding a duo in the No. 3 position. With ASU ahead in both matches, rain halted play for several hours. When both teams were allowed to resume play, the Mountaineers won the doubles point by defeating Karen Jiménez and Katie Barry in the No. 2 doubles match, 8-2. Ainhoa Iglesias Díaz and Megan McLinden were down 4-3 when Appalachian State clinched the doubles point.
With a 2-0 advantage in the match as WCU did not field a No. 6 singles competitor, ASU sealed the match with wins at the No. 4 and No. 5 singles positions. Katie Barry was defeated 6-0, 6-0 by Jessica Thaggard with Kim-Lea Dinh defeating Sarah Walters, 6-1, 6-0. Junior Karen Jiménez had already won her first set against Gabriela Celi, 6-2, before the match was clinched. Ainhoa Iglesias Díaz and Megan McLinden were involved in matches separated by only a game in the No. 1 and No. 2 matches with Iglesias Díaz up 5-4 and McLinden down by the same score as play ended.
Western Carolina ended the season with a 1-19 overall record. Junior Karen Jiménez and freshman Megan McLinden led the team in wins with five and four, respectively. Senior Ainhoa Iglesias Díaz finished her final season in the Purple and Gold with three wins, including two in conference. The Catamounts also say goodbye to fellow senior Katie Barry who earned a doubles win this season.