Sept. 14, 2012
ELON, N.C. - WCU tennis picked up two singles and one doubles victories in the opening day of the Elon Fall Tennis Invitational held on the campus of Southern Conference rival Elon University Friday afternoon. Junior Karen Jiménez and freshman Erin Maguire picked up singles wins on day one.
The lone non-freshman - returner Karen Jiménez - won a thrilling two-set victory over USC Upstate's Allison Beeler in the A-2 Singles Flight. Jiménez - down 0-5 in the first set - came back to win her match 7-6 (7), 6-4. She will take on conference-foe Maria Camara of Elon who won her match, 6-0, 6-3. The two square off Saturday at 10 a.m.
One of six freshmen newcomers, Erin Maguire played against Molly Muscgrave of Meredith. In her first collegiate match, Maguire cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Muscgrave. She will now face Alisha Burton of UNCG who needed three sets to defeat Campbell's Carolina Lindsey. Maguire and Burton play Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
Stacia Kissell fell to Campbell's Karoline Chemaya, 4-6, 2-6. Kissell now faces N.C. Centrals Olesya Palko at 10 a.m. Saturday. In a match featuring two SoCon competitors, UNCG's Jaime Grinberg downed WCU's Nicole Nielly, 6-2, 6-0. Nielly will next play N.C. A&T's Nianna Henry Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Elon's Briana Berne defeated Shannon Bettiol in a hard-fought three-set match, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. Bettiol will now face N.C. A&T's Unique Hawkins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
In doubles play, Jiménez and Maguire teamed up to cruise to a defeat Burrage/Reid of North Carolina A&T by a score of 8-1. They will now face a duo from North Carolina Central at 9:45 a.m. WCU's second doubles team of Nicole Nielly and Shannon Bettiol advanced in the winner's bracket as well, moving along by default. They will face a duo of Spartans from USC Upstate at 9 a.m.
"I'm very proud of how the team competed today, especially with it being our freshmen's first tournament," said head coach Chris Wollett. "I'm especially proud of Karen Jiménez for being down love- five in the first set and coming back to win in two sets against a solid USC Upstate player."
Tomorrow, the Catamounts continue with the second day of the Elon Fall Tennis Invitational. Results can be found following the matches on CatamountSports.com.