Oct. 8, 2011
ELON, N.C. - Western Carolina finished Day Two of the Elon Fall Invitational on a high note, sending Karen Jiménez and Megan McLinden to the main draw finals, Jessica Swan to the back draw final and a doubles team of Jiménez and McLinden will also be playing in a back draw final on Sunday.
Friday's first day at Elon saw two Catamounts victorious as junior Karen Jiménez - last year's win leader for WCU - defeated Courtney Gardiner of Presbyterian, 6-1, 6-1. Jiménez advanced to play Viviana Stavreva of the host Elon team. Today, Jiménez continued to roll against Stavreva. After extending the first set to pick up a 7-5 win, Jiménez would handle Stavreva 6-2 in the second set, setting up a semifinal match-up with Amryn Soldier of UNC Asheville. Jiménez lost the first set 6-2, but the steady junior rebounded to win sets two and three, 6-2, 6-3, pushing her into the finals of the A-2 Singles Flight against Elon's Frida Jansaker. That match is set to take place at 10am on Sunday.
On Day One, senior Ainhoa Iglesias-Díaz fell in a close match with Presbyterian's Christina Limantoro. After dropping the first set 7-5, Iglesias-Díaz came back to defeat Limantoro in the second set, 6-4. The third set would need an extra point to send Limantoro ahead in the winner's bracket, winning 7-5. On Day Two, Iglesias-Díaz would blank North Carolina A&T's Kayla Cross, defeating Cross 6-0, 6-0. The senior would then move on to play Alexis Prickett of conference-rival Georgia Southern. Prickett would defeat Iglesías-Diaz by a score of 6-0, 6-2.
Freshman Jessica Swan dropped her first match on Friday against Barbora Lazarova - who would eventually go on to the finals in the winner's bracket of the A-3 flight - in a tough three-set match (2-6, 4-6, 2-6). Swan then got hot and went on a three-match win streak, defeating Taylor Jones of the SoCon's Georgia Southern (6-3, 6-4) and UNC Asheville's Jenna Dodge (4-6, 6-1, 10-4). The win over Dodge set up a back draw final against North Carolina Central's Ekaterina Nekrasova. That match will take place Sunday at 11am.
Swan's classmate Megan McLinden is the second Catamount to advance to a main draw final. In her first match against Elon's Katy Canada, McLinden won on an injury to Canada. On Saturday afternoon, McLinden made easy work of UNC Asheville's Jackie McGuirk, defeating the mountain-rival 6-2, 6-3. In a 2:45 showdown with Presbyterian's Patricia Alves, McLinden continued her strong day, blanking Alves with a first-set 6-0 win. The second-set was a little closer, but the outcome was the same as McLinden advanced to the finals with a 6-4 win. She will play Elon's Briana Berne, who advanced with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Nicole Parker of Longwood. The match between the two conference rivals will begin Sunday at 10:30.
In doubles action, Western Carolina's duo of Karen Jiménez and Megan McLinden were able to rebound from an opening round loss against Presbyterian's Ransom and Caruso to advance to the back draw final against Longwood on Sunday morning at 9am. In the second match against North Carolina A&T. The junior / freshman team won easily by a score of 8-1. Their Sunday opponent, Longwood's Pinyol and Moomau, advanced with an 8-2 win over Campbell.
Complete results from Sunday's matches can be found following competition on CatamountSports.com.