Oct. 9, 2011
ELON, N.C. -
Western Carolina wrapped up play at the Elon Fall Invitational Sunday competing in two main draw finals and a back draw final in singles competition. The doubles duo of Karen Jiménez and Megan McLinden also competed in a back draw doubles final. All Western Carolina competitors fell Sunday.
Junior Karen Jiménez advanced to the A-2 Singles Flight Championship for a meeting with conference-rival Frida Jansaker of Elon, after defeating UNC Asheville's Amryn Soldier, 6-4, 6-0, on Saturday morning. Jansaker blanked Jiménez in the first set, winning 6-0. Jimenez battled in the second set, but Jansaker overtook Jiménez 6-4 in the second set to pick up the win.
Also competing in a main draw final was Marietta, Ga.-native, Megan McLinden. McLinden breezed through her first four matches in the tournament to face another Elon opponent, Briana Berne, in the championship match. Berne defeated the freshman McLinden 6-2, 6-2.
In the A-3 Singles Back Draw Championship, freshman Jessica Swan faced Ekaterina Nekrasova of North Carolina Central. Nekrasova downed Swan, 6-3, 6-2.
In the A-3 Doubles Flight Back Draw Championship, Jiménez and McLinden faced North Carolina A&T's pair of Henry and Colbert. The duo from A&T topped Jiménez and McLinden by a score of 8-1.
The Elon Fall Tournament was the last competition of the fall for the Catamounts. Western Carolina will return to the courts on Feb. 18, to take on the Pirates of East Carolina.