ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Sophomore Jordan Strickland and freshman Carli Deehr led the Western Carolina women’s tennis team this weekend at the annual WNC Mountain Challenge hosted by UNC Asheville as they went a perfect 2-0 in doubles play with wins over duos from USC Upstate and Kennesaw State.
"We played a lot of good matches this weekend,” said head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins. “The competition was tight and every match was really competitive. In the long run, playing all those close matches will really help us. Unfortunately, in a lot of the close singles matches we came up a bit short, but overall I'm pleased at the progress we are making. In doubles I thought we played really well and that is a trend I hope we keep up. The girls have put a lot of work into their doubles games and I think that it shows in their doubles results."
Strickland and Deehr competed in the No. 2 doubles flight and defeated the team from Kennesaw State 6-0 before taking down the squad from USC Upstate 6-3.
The event featured just four teams including host UNC Asheville, WCU, Kennesaw State and USC Upstate.
The Catamounts swept the Owls of KSU in doubles as Strickland and Deehr won at No. 2, 6-0, while junior Savannah Taranto and sophomore Lauren McCall teamed up at No. 1 to win 6-4. WCU freshman Jordyn King missed the event due to illness but junior Alexa Webb teamed up with Sarah Parker from USC Upstate to take down the No. 3 doubles team from KSU, 6-3.
Strickland played in the top flight and played three competitive matches. She lost a pair of third set tiebreaks while picking up a win against Alexandra Mercado of Kennesaw State, 6-0, 6-0. Webb picked up a singles win against UNC Asheville's Amalie Davidsen in a third set tiebreak, 10-8.
Strickland and Taranto played the No. 1 doubles team from UNCA on day two and picked up a win against Hannah Francisco and Kylee Shipley, 6-4.
The Catamounts will now return to the practice courts before traveling to Wake Forest University on Oct. 6 to compete in the Wake Forest Invitational. The event will run from Oct. 6 to Oct. 8 in Winston-Salem, N.C.