Oct. 16, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. - - Sophomore Stacia Kissell has been selected as an automatic main draw player In the USTA/ITA Regional Championship with classmate Shannon Bettiol having been selected to play in the singles qualifying draw for a chance to join Kissell in the main draw hosted by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"I am very excited for Stacia and Shannon to have this great opportunity in front of them," said head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins. "The whole team has been working very hard this semester, and I know all the girls are excited for them to be able to showcase their hard work in the regional. I know they will be great representatives of Catamount athletics, and I look forward to seeing them compete."
Kissell, who became just the fourth Catamount tennis player to earn a spot in the main draw, will wait for the qualifying play to wrap-up before she opens the main draw on Friday morning. Kissell will be one of 64 players working their way through the main draw bracket.
"It is pretty exciting, and I'm just blessed to get in," Kissell said. "It shows just how hard we have been working, and I just to represent Western Carolina the best I can."
Bettiol will open play Thursday morning at 9 a.m. against Lisa Grosselius of Charlotte as one of 32 players competing for a spot in the main draw that will start Friday morning.
"I'm really excited to represent Western Carolina this weekend," Bettiol said. "This is a real honor for me and this team, and I just want to perform to the best of my abilities."
Kissell and Bettiol will team up in the doubles main draw Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. against Joana Eidukonvte and Ani Miao from Clemson.
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