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Kissell, Bettiol Complete USTA/ITA Carolina Regional

Shannon Bettiol suffered an injury after winning the first set.

Oct. 22, 2013

Chapel Hill, N.C. - Stacia Kissell and Shannon Bettiol gained valuable experience at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional over the weekend.

Bettiol had an unfortunate start to the tournament on Thursday when she suffered a tournament-ending injury after winning the first set, 6-4, and was tied in the second set, 2-2., against UNC Charlotte's Lisa Grosselius.

The injury forced head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins to withdraw the duo from the doubles main draw as well.

"It is very unfortunate what happened to Shannon," said Kissell-Eddins. "She came ready to play and to seize her opportunities. She put herself in a great position to win that match, and as a coach that's all you can ever ask for. I know she will have many more opportunities in the future if she continues to work hard and fight like she did."

In the main draw, Kissell lost her opening match to the No. 9 seed, Tessa Lyons of North Carolina, 6-2, 6-2 on Friday. On Saturday morning, Kissell lost to Luisa Fernandez from Wake Forest 6-3, 6-1. Kissell played well and the match was a lot closer than the set scores indicated.

"I'm really proud how we competed this weekend. Stacia came up short in both her matches, but she fought hard," said Kissell-Eddins. "We are a young team so I can't underestimate how important being in these tournaments are for us. Both girls come away from this tournament more experienced players and that can only help them in the future."

WCU heads to Georgia Southern Fall Tournament on October 25 through October 27 for its next fall tournament.

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