BOONE, N.C. – The Western Carolina University women’s tennis team traveled to former Southern Conference rival Appalachian State Thursday afternoon to take on the Mountaineers. The Catamounts fell 5-2 to their former rivals as the Mountaineers won the doubles point and four of the six singles matches.
The match took place on the indoor courts at the Deer Valley Racquet Club. Appalachian State took the early lead in the match as the won at No. 2 doubles and slipped by the Catamounts at No. 1 doubles after winning a the tiebreaker. The No. 1 doubles match was tied at 6-6 as Alexa Webb and Savannah Taranto tried to get WCU off to a fast start but the Mountaineers won the match due to a 7-2 edge in the tiebreaker.
WCU was able to pick up one doubles win as Elizabeth Ansari and Madison Riley teamed up to defeat the Mountaineers 7-6 (5).
App St. jumped out to a 3-1 lead as the Mountaineers won at No. 3 and No. 1 singles. Freshman Jordan Strickland kept the match alive at No. 2 singles as she won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in a marathon match. The Mountaineers clinched the match at No. 4 singles as Lauren McCall fell 7-5, 6-3 giving App. State the 4-1 lead.
WCU’s last point came at No. 5 as Riley won her match 6-2, 7-6 (4).
The loss drops WCU’s record to 1-2 on the season while the Mountaineers improved to 1-3.