Nov. 6, 2012
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Western Carolina tennis finished play in the Gardner-Webb Fall Invitational Saturday in a round robin tournament that spanned both Friday and Saturday. The teams participating in the tournament were USC Upstate, UNC Asheville, Gardner-Webb and Western Carolina.
In the doubles matches, Western Carolina picked up two wins. In Flight 1, freshmen Shannon Bettiol and Nicole Nielly faced Hamel and Soldier from mountain-rival UNC Asheville. The Catamount duo downed the pair from Asheville by a score of 8-6. The second win for the Catamounts featured the same duo, Bettiol and Nielly, this time against Lunde and Doost of the home Gardner-Webb team in Flight 2. Needing an extra point to get the win, the freshmen duo downed the Bulldogs 9-7.
In other doubles action, Stacia Kissell and Sara Ruiz were defeated by Gardner-Webb's White/Hutterli (8-2) and were later downed by Taylor/Bell from USC Upstate by the same score. In Flight 2, Bettiol/Nielly were defeated by USC Upstate's Kuerten Rojas (8-6), while Erin Maguire and Sara Ruiz fell to UNC Asheville's McNall and Boissevain, 8-2.
In singles, WCU had participants in five flights. After winning the first set 6-4 in the first flight, Stacia Kissell lost to Upstate's Constanze Kuerten 6-3, 10-5. Kissell then dropped a two-set match to Erica White (3-6, 3-2). In her third match, Kissell defeated Zoe Hamel (UNCA) in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
In the second flight, Sara Ruiz played two matches. In the first against Isabel Von Stryk of Upstate, she lost 0-6, 1-6 before falling 3-6, 3-6 to Emily McNall (UNCA). In a very close match against Jenny Lunde of Gardner-Webb, Nicole Nielly won the first set 7-6 (3), before falling 5-7 to force the tiebreak. She fell in the tiebreak 2-10.
Nielly then participated in two matches in the third flight. She dropped both of those to Amryn Soldier (UNCA, 1-6, 1-6) and Taylor Cohen (UNCA, 7-6, 0-6, 7-10). Also in Flight 3, Shannon Bettiol defeated Ronia Hutterli (GW, 6-3, 5-7, 10-2). Bettiol then fell in two matches in the fourth flight.
Erin Maguire dropped her matches in Flights 4 and 5 with all three requiring tiebreak sets. Doost from Gardner-Webb bested McGuire 2-6, 7-6 (3), (10-2). In Flight 5, Maguire was defeated by Lewis of UNCA (3-6, 6-4, (6-10)) and Vandeberg of Upstate (6-4, 2-6 (10-12)).
"I'm very proud of how the team performed this weekend at Gardner-Webb," said head coach Chris Wollett.
"Whether they won or lost their matches, they did a great job of creating opportunities."
Western Carolina opens its 2013 schedule at home against Coastal Carolina on February 1.