Women's Tennis Team Defeats Cal (Pa.), 5-4

SOUTH PARK, (Pa.) -- West Virginia Wesleyan's Rebekka Heigermoser rallied from a set down to take two consecutive tie-breakers and capture clinching match in a 5-4 road win over California (PA) here Friday afternoon.

The Lady Bobcat freshmen turned back Cal's Alyssa Savill by the scores of 4-6, 7-6 (7-0) and 10-7 in the super-breaker. Heigermoser trailed 4-2 in the match tie-break before winning five out of the next six points to forge a lead she never relinquished. Savill tied it back up at 7-7, but Heigermoser put the next point away with a crisp running backhand before grinding out the next two points for the win.

The match was tied at 4-4 after Lauren Shelton, playing in only her second match of the year, gave Wesleyan a clutch point at No. 6 singles with a 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 RET. victory over Charlie Gallagher. Gallagher was unable to continue after Shelton fought back to take the second set.

The Lady Bobcats also got singles wins from Paula Pimenta at No. 1, and Mariona Junyer at No. 5, as the pair lost only one game between them in their matches.

The four singles points helped the 'Cats come back from a 2-1 hole after doubles, as only the team of Pimenta and Shelton could forge a win.

"I was very happy for the team to come into the match short-handed, and to show the heart they did," said head coach Marc Walters, whose team moves to 10-5 on the season while snapping a three-match losing skid. "Rebekka and Lauren especially had gutsy performances, as did their opponents, but they managed to outlast them and get us over the top."

Both the Bobcat men and women's teams return home Saturday for a 1 p.m. regional match vs. Shaw (NC) University at the Wesleyan Tennis Complex.