FAIRMONT -- The West Virginia Wesleyan women's tennis team swept the doubles matches en route to a 7-2 Mountain East conference victory over Fairmont State in here Friday.
The Lady Bobcats proceeded to capture the bottom three singles positions in short order to secure the team victory, raising their record to 6-3 overall, and 4-2 in the MEC.
The match was essentially for the fourth place in the conference, as both teams came into the contest tied for the fourth seed.
Irene Nunez and Cecila Martinez Oliver (pictured) got the 'Cats off to a great start with an 8-6 victory at No. 1 which completed the sweep in doubles play. Rebekka Heigermoser and Julia Yanes were 8-5 winners at the No. 2 spot, while Kasumi Hayashi and Mariona Junyer started the scoring with an 8-2 win at No. 3.
"We've been concentrating on our doubles almost exclusively in practice the past two weeks," said head coach Marc Walters. "We are making strides in our strategy, execution and willingness to take risks. That is carrying over to more aggressive play. It's a work in progress, but the girls are starting to see the results in matches."
Heigermoser, Martinez, and Yanes, also contributed singles wins as did senior Estel Fernandez at the No. 6 position. The team was at full strength for the first time in three weeks as Junyer returned from an injury.
"Mariona is a little rusty and not quite match tough yet, but we have some time before the MEC tourney to get her smoothed into form," said Walters. "Kasumi Hayashi and Estel Fernandez have done a great job in her absence, but you can tell they all have a little more spring in their step when she's in the lineup."
Wesleyan returns to the court Saturday as they travel to the eastern panhandle to take on the Rams of Shepherd in another MEC tilt.
First serve is set for 10 a.m. on the campus in Shepherdstown.