Oct. 27, 2012
KENNESAW, Ga. - Western Carolina concluded competition in the Kennesaw State Fall Classic Saturday as the Catamounts picked up four wins, highlighted by back draw wins from Stacia Kissell and Nicole Nielly.
The A Flight featured Western Carolina's Karen Jimenez and Stacia Kissell. Both fell on Friday in their first matches, but were able to bounce back to win their second matches of the day to meet in the back draw finals. Kissell got the better of her teammate, winning the match 6-4, 6-0.
In the B Flight, Nicole Nielly and Sara Ruiz represented the Catamounts. Ruiz won the first match, 7-5, 6-2, but then fell in the second match of the day. Saturday, Ruiz played Shantal Blackwood of Florida A&M. She defeated Blackwood, 6-3, 6-4.
Nicole Nielly came back from falling to Tess Lagerkvist of Kennesaw State Friday morning to defeat Lagerkvist's teammate Tamara Plocher to win the back draw of Flight B, 6-2, 7-5.
In Flight C, Shannon Bettiol won her first match Friday against Blaire LaSure, 6-0, 6-3. Bettiol then lost to Georgia Southern's Natalie Maffett, 6-2, 6-1. In her match Saturday, Bittiol downed Florida A&M's Elysia Ortiz 6-4, 6-3. Teammate and classmate Erin Maguire fell in a tough three-set match to Elysia Ortiz of Florida A&M Friday morning. Maguire then was defeated by KSU's Isabela Castro and Blaire LaSure.
WCU had a strong showing in the doubles matches. In the No. 2 doubles flight, Nicole Nielly and Shannon Bettiol beat Florida A&M's Ortiz and Blackwood, 8-3, on Saturday. WCU's duo of Jimenez and Maguire defeated Kennesaw State's duo, 8-4. In the second doubles grouping of the day, Kissell and Ruiz downed Florida A&M's Holt and Townsend, 8-2. Nielly and Bettiol defeated Kennesaw State's Apostu and Castro, 8-4. Jimenez and Maguire won their match by default.
"I'm very proud with how the team performed this weekend," said head coach Chris Wollett. "Whether they won or lost their matches, there was improvement from each one of them, and they're looking to use the tools that they learned in this tournament next week at Gardner-Webb."
Next week the Catamounts will wrap up their fall season at the Gardner-Webb Fall Tournament next weekend.