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Jiménez, Kissell Fall in USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships

Freshman Stacia Kissell fell 6-2, 6-1 to College of Charleston's Brooke McAmis Friday afternoon.

Oct. 19, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Western Carolina tennis wrapped up competition at the 2012 USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships hosted by Wake Forest University Friday afternoon. Catamounts Karen In the first day of competition at the 2012 USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships hosted by Wake Forest University, junior Karen Jiménez and Stacia Kissell represented the Purple and Gold in the event. The tournament features the best collegiate players in North and South Carolina.

Karen Jiménez was up first for the Catamounts with her match in the qualifying round on Thursday morning. Jiménez went up against UNC Wilmington's Olga Blank, the top seeded player in the qualifying round. Jiménez lost 1-6, 3-6 to the junior from Winnipeg, Canada, eliminating her from the competition.

On Friday, Stacia Kissell competed in the main draw of the singles tournament. Kissell is just the fourth Catamount to earn an automatic qualifying bid.

Kissell played against conference-foe Brooke McAmis of College of Charleston. McAmis downed Kissell, 6-2, 6-1.

"Both Stacia and Karen competed well this weekend, but we knew it was going to be a tough tournament," said head coach Chris Wollett.

"There weren't going to be any easy matches and I think they both learned a lot, especially Stacia. Being a freshman, she grew from this tournament and is looking forward to getting back out and playing next weekend."

Western Carolina returns to fall action next weekend at Kennesaw State in the Kennesaw Fall Tournament, beginning October 26 and going through the 28th.