Tennis Lady Cats Earn Key Win Over West Liberty, 5-4

Tennis Lady Cats Earn Key Win Over West Liberty, 5-4

WEST LIBRETY – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat tennis team went on the road and remained unbeaten on the season as they downed West Liberty by a 5-4 score in a Mountain East Conference match.

Mariona Junyer and Estel Fernandez won both their singles and doubles to clinch the contest

The Spanish duo got the Lady 'Cats on the board with an 8-5 comeback win at No. 3 doubles after the Lady Hilltoppers had taken a 2-0 advantage by winning the first two doubles matches.

"Estel and Mariona both really stepped up today and that was the type of result we have been waiting for from them especially on the doubles court," remarked head coach Marc Walters.

Paula Pimenta and Rebekka Heigermoser followed with quick wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, but the Lady Hilltoppers fought back to take a 4-3 match lead with wins at the number three and number six spots.

Fernandez's win deadlocked it at 4-4 with a straight set win at No. 5 and Junyer completed the win with a solid 6-2, 6-4 win at the No.4 position.

The win moves Wesleyan into position for a top three finish in the conference as they raised their record to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in MEC play.

The win over the Lady Hilltoppers was the first in at least seven years for the Lady Bobcats, who fell by a 6-3 score here last season. West Liberty finished the 2016 campaign ranked in the ITA regional top eight.

"The 5-4 score was a deceptive score since both teams had a couple of spots that did not play up to their level, while others really had big days," said Walters. "It plays out exactly the way that we expected at certain spots, but that happens when you travel and play against good competition. Any time you beat a good team on the road it shows you're making some progress and I feel like our girls are getting better each time out."