Lady 'Cat Netters Down Fairmont State in MEC Tournament

Lady 'Cat Netters Down Fairmont State in MEC Tournament

HUNTINGTON -- West Virginia Wesleyan rolled to convincing wins at the bottom positions to capture a 5-1 victory over Fairmont State University in the quarterfinals of the Mountain East Conference tennis tournament here Friday morning.

The Lady Bobcats (8-4) controlled the lower seeded matches throughout the day to move into Saturday's semifinals against top-seeded West Virginia State. Wesleyan took wins at #2 and #3 doubles before sealing the match with straight set decisions at the #4, #5, and #6 singles positions.

"We played with good energy and focus today from the start to finish," said head coach Marc Walters, whose team moved into the semifinals for the fifth consecutive year. "We took some more risks today and played with controlled pace, which is important in tournament tennis."

Walters was particularly impressed with All-MEC honorees Irene Nunez and Rebekka Heigermoser who he thought were key to the Lady 'Cats success on the day.

"Irene and Rebekka both competed at a very high level at times today in singles, and they helped their doubles partners get comfortable too," noted Walters.

The semifinal match against the Yellow Jackets will start Saturday at 11 a.m. on the campus of Marshall University at the David Fox Tennis Complex.

The Yellow Jackets turned in a 6-3 win over Wesleyan just four days ago in Charleston on the way to clinching their fifth straight Mountain East Conference regular-season title.