Sep 27, 2017
BUCKHANNON -- West Virginia Wesleyan could not overcome a doubles sweep and dropped a key 5-4 decision to West Liberty in Mountain East Conference women's tennis Tuesday evening at the Bobcat Tennis Complex.
Despite winning four of the six singles matches, it was not enough to rally from a 3-0 deficit after doubles action.
The 'Cats fell to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in MEC play.
West Liberty took the doubles matches by the scores of 8-5, 8-6 and 8-3.
"Our girls just didn't match the intensity and desire that West Liberty brought to the match, and it was a big factor in the doubles," said head coach Marc Walters. "We are a young team and still learning how to recognize competitive situations and today we learned what that looks like. West Liberty just wanted it more than we did."
After falling behind 4-0 in the match following a loss at #5 singles, Wesleyan mounted a comeback that extended the match to over four hours.
Rebekka Heigermoser, the current MEC Player of the Week, rolled to a straight set win at No. 2 singles to get the Lady 'Cats on the board, but the rest of the matches were tightly contested.
Irene Nunez stayed undefeated in conference play with a 7-5 7-6 (4) win at No. 1 as did Julia Yanes who turned in a 7-5 4-6 6-1 win at the No. 4 spot.
The clinching point came at No. 3, where Cecila Martinez Oliver (pictured) fell in a second set tiebreaker, 6-1, 7-6 (5) to the Hilltoppers' Thais Mendez to seal the win.
Kasumi Hayashi added a 6-2 2-6 6-3 win at No. 6 to finish the scoring.
"I was encouraged by our effort in the singles," added Walters. "The girls showed resolve in fighting back and getting the match to a competitive place, but the hole was just a bit too much to crawl out of. Their girls at No. 3 and No. 5 have been competitive all year, and I knew those would be tough points to get today, so the doubles sweep didn't do any favors for us."