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WCU Tennis Faces Top-Seeded Furman Friday

Junior Elizabeth Ansari is the lone upperclassman on WCU's 2017 roster
April 20, 2017

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The No. 8 seed Western Carolina women's tennis team will take on the top seeded Furman Paladins at the 2017 Southern Conference Women's Tennis Championship on Friday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. The championships are being hosted by Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C.

The Catamounts will look to get their second win overall in the Southern Conference Championship and improve to 2-18 in tournament play.

WCU's lineup will most likely consist of freshman Jordan Strickland at No. 1, sophomore Savannah Taranto at No. 2, sophomore Alexa Webb at No. 3, freshman Madison Riley at No. 4, junior Elizabeth Ansari at No. 5, and freshman Lauren McCall at No. 6.

Western Carolina (13-12, 0-7 SoCon) had the most wins in program history in 2017 and will look to add to that total on Friday.

Five of WCU's starting six singles competitors boast double-digit wins on the season for the first time in program history with Riley holding 16 victories which ties a single season program record. Strickland and McCall are at the top of the WCU record books for doubles wins in a season with 17 as well.

The Catamounts fell in their lone meeting with the Paladins 7-0 during the regular season. The match took place just over a week ago in Greenville and WCU played with a lineup of just five players. Strickland and McCall each picked up three game wins during singles play while No. 1 and No. 2 doubles fell by scores of 6-4.



Furman (20-5, 7-0 SoCon) is powered by a pair of First Team All-Southern Conference picks in SoCon Player of the Year Ansley Speaks and Freshman of the Year Danni Vines.

Action gets started at 8:30 am on Friday, April 21 in Spartanburg. Follow the Catamounts on where live stats and match recaps will be available throughout the event.

The Last Meeting
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April 12, 2017
Greenville, S.C.
WCU Tennis Falls in Final Conference Match
The Western Carolina women’s tennis team traveled to the site of the 2017 Southern Conference Championship Wednesday afternoon to take on the Paladins of Furman University in both teams final regular season SoCon match of the year. The Catamounts fell to the Paladins 7-0 but will be back to Greenville in just over a week to compete for the 2017 tournament crown.