Tennis Lady 'Cats Fall to Charleston In MEC Semi-Finals

Tennis Lady 'Cats Fall to Charleston In MEC Semi-Finals

HUNTINGTON – The third-seeded West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats' bid to reach the Mountain East Conference championship game came up just short as they dropped a 5-2 semi-final decision to the second-seeded University of Charleston Golden Eagles today in Huntington.

Things started off well for the Lady Bobcats as they took a 2-1 lead following doubles play.

Rebekka Heigermoser and Paula Pimenta won an 8-6 decision at No. 1 doubles and Estel Fernandez and Sarah Cameron won an 8-6 decision at No. 3.

Charleston picked up a big win at No. 1 singles as Kristine Gegeshidze downed Heigermoser, the MEC Freshman of the Year, in straight sets. The Golden Eagles also won at No. 3, 4 and 6 singles to claim the match.

Top-seeded West Virginia State advanced to its fourth-straight championship match by defeating West Liberty, 5-2.

West Virginia State and Charleston will meet Sunday at 11 a.m. for the MEC title. 

Wesleyan ended their fall season with a 9-3 record.

 

#2 Charleston def. #3 West Virginia Wesleyan, 5-2
Doubles
#1 Heigermoser/Pimenta (WVWC) def. Slusarciuc/Katipa (UC), 8-6
#2 Gegeshidze/Edwards (UC) def. Martinez/Hayashi (WVWC), 8-1
#3 Fernandez/Cameron (WVWC) def. Bakos/Uyttenhove (UC), 8-6
 
Singles
#1 Kristine Gegeshidze (UC) def. Rebekka Heigermoser (WVWC), 6-1, 6-1
#2 DNF
#3 Toni Katipa (UC) def. Cecila Martinez Oliver (WVWC), 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
#4 Silvana Slusarciuc (UC) def. Estel Fernandez (WVWC), 7-6, 6-1
#5 DNF
#6 Jackie Bakos (UC) def. Kasumi Hayashi (pictured) (WVWC), 6-2, 6-1