Jan. 30, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. -
First-year head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins will lead the Western Carolina women's tennis program as the Catamounts open their 20-match season slate Saturday at East Tennessee State.
"I'm very excited for our first dual match this spring and my first dual match as the head coach at Western Carolina," Kissell-Eddins said. "We have made significant strides since day one of practice, and I am very proud of the girls' efforts in the fall tournaments and the preseason."
The Catamounts return five of their six players for a season ago including 2013 Southern Conference All-Freshman Team selection Stacia Kissell at the top singles spot. Kissell went 5-14 a season ago including a 1-6 mark in SoCon singles play.
WCU also returns Shannon Bettiol, who went 1-8 at the No. 4 singles spot and 3-6 at the No. 5 singles spot on the season, as well as Erin Maguire, Nicole Nielly and Sara Ruiz Pajares.
In doubles, the Catamounts return the duo of Kissell and Bettiol. The combination went 5-6 in 11 matches at number one doubles including a 1-2 record in SoCon matches.
"I am eager to kick off the year playing against ETSU so the girls can see why we are practicing so hard and what our goals are for the future. Although we enter the match as an underdog, I believe at our best we can compere with this team and teams like this. I hope our girls go out there with no fear and go after their games that we have been working so hard to develop."
All told, WCU has a 20-match season that runs from Saturday, February 1 against ETSU until March 12 at SoCon foe Elon. The Catamounts have 11 nonconference matches scheduled and nine SoCon games on the slate for the 2014 season. WCU will host mountain rival UNC Asheville on February 23 at 1 p.m., and will travel to SoCon rival Appalachian State on March 6 are two marquee matches up on the calendar.