SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Western Carolina women's tennis team closed out the fall portion of its 2016-17 schedule this past weekend at the Wofford Invite. Sophomore Gaby Hurt led the way as she was a perfect 5-0 in action on the weekend including winning both the Terrier Singles and Gray Doubles draws.
"Overall I was pleased with how we competed this weekend at Wofford," said head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins. "We came away with some great wins and the matches that we weren't able to pull off we had our chances. It's great to see how we have improved as a team over the course of the fall semester. With a young team it's all about getting match experience and translating it over to the season come spring. We will use the rest of this semester to get healthy and keep making some minor adjustments to our games to prepare for the season. I am really excited to get things started in the spring after what we have been able to do the past couple months in tournament play."
Hurt opened up Terrier Singles play with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Annie Mayfield of Wofford. She then defeated Alex Schlesener who was competing unattached 6-4, 6-2. In the championship match of the terrier draw, she came up against Nicole Gilner of Georgia Southern. Hurt won the match 6-2, 6-2 to claim the title.
Hurt then teamed up with a member of the Coastal Carolina tennis team, Brooke Campbell, to compete in the Gray Doubles draw. The pair opened action with a bye before defeating the team of Monsey/Gilner of Georgia Southern, 7-5. In the championship match the two faced a team from UNC Asheville. Hurt and Campbell defeated the Bulldog team 6-2 to claim the victory.
Sophomore Alexa Webb picked up a pair of victories in the Black Singles draw. She opened with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Sarah Rieckmann of Gardner-Webb before falling 6-0, 6-2 to Natalie Sayer of Radford. In the third place match, Webb defeated Sabina Jeresic of Arkansas State, 7-6, 6-3.
Strickland and Webb teamed up for a pair of doubles victories in the Gold Doubles draw. They opened with a 7-5 victory over a team from Bluefield before falling to the eventual draw winners from Coastal 6-3. In the third place match, Strickland and Webb defeated a pair from Georgia Southern 6-4.
Ansari and Riley also teamed up for two doubles victories in the Black Doubles draw. They dropped their first match to a team from Georgia Southern before rattling off two victories to claim the back draw title. Their first win came over a team from Gardner-Webb, 6-2, before they claimed the back draw title with a 6-2 victory over a pair from Arkansas State.
Mesalles and freshmen Lauren McCall also won a doubles match in the White Doubles draw.
The Catamounts will now begin preparations for their spring opener versus Lindsey Wilson College on Jan. 27.