BUCKHANNON -- West Virginia State made a strong push in the first sets of their singles matches to take control and eventually claim a convincing 6-3 win over host West Virginia Wesleyan here Friday afternoon.
The Lady Bobcats grabbed a 2-1 advantage after doubles, as both the No. 1 and No. 3 matches ended within seconds of each other in the Lady Bobcats favor.
But the Lady Yellow Jackets, who a clinched at least a share of the MEC regular season title with the win, jumped out to commanding leads in all six singles matches to reclaim the momentum.
"We got off to the start that we wanted, but State just poured it on in the singles and never really let us back in the match," said head coach Marc Watlers. "We had a moment after Estel Fernandez and Mariona Junyer came back and won their second sets, but they clinched it on us before we could make a run at them."
Junyer was the sole singles winner for the Lady 'Cats , as she ran her MEC record to 7-0 on the season.
She combined with Fernandez to win at No. 3 doubles as well, and the pair kept their perfect on the year at 8-0 with an 8-3 win. Paula Pimenta and Cecila Martinez Oliver took the No. 1 doubles point, but the Lady Bobcats could manage no more against the MEC front runners.
The Lady Bobcats have clinched the third seed for the MEC tournament which will begin next Friday in Huntington.
Wesleyan (7-2, 5-2 MEC) closes out the regular season at home on Sunday with a 1:30 p.m. match against Notre Dame College. The match will be the last home contest for senior Sarah Cameron.
Pictured: Estel Fernandez and Mariona Junyer during their win at number three doubles Friday afternoon against West Virginia state