Tennis Wraps Up Fall Season with Gardner-Webb Invitational

CATAMOUNTSPORTSDOTCOM Shannon Bettiol picked up wins in doubles and singles over the weekend.
Shannon Bettiol picked up wins in doubles and singles over the weekend.

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.

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