Tennis ‘Cats fall to UC in MEC championship


CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Wesleyan men's tennis team fell in the Mountain East Conference Tournament final to the top-ranked Charleston Golden Eagles by a final score of 4-1 on Sunday.

Charleston took the doubles point after winning at No. 1 and No. 3.

Taylor Papworth secured a point for the Bobcats after defeating Jake Magill in straight sets (6-3, 6-3) at No.4.

Carlos Dodero Fernandez had taken John Giesberts to a third set after winning 6-3 in the second. The match did not finish as Charleston had already clinched the match.

The Bobcats await the final regional rankings from Oracle/ITA to see if their season extends. WVWC currently sits in 10th and finished the season with a 6-2 stretch that included multiple wins over top teams in the region.

A day earlier, they earned a 4-1 win over Fairmont State to advance to the championship.

WVWC dropped the doubles point when Fairmont State won at both No. 1 & 2. However, Carlos Dodero Fernandez and Haruki Iizuka gave the 'Cats some momentum heading into singles play with a 6-0 victory at No. 3.

Singles action was a completely different story for the Bobcats.

Taylor Papworth got things started for WVWC. Fresh off First Team All-Conference recognition from the conference. Papworth made quick work of his opponent at No. 4 winning (6-2, 6-3).

Fellow First Team All-Conference performer Dodero Fernandez turned the tides in the match for good. The Madrid, Spain native defeated Gui Pachane (6-2, 6-3) giving the Bobcats the lead.

Nadal Ferrer continued the winning ways with a convincing win at No. 6. Ferrer, who last played April 9th because of injury defeated Austin Noel (6-2, 6-4) putting the 'Cats on the brink of victory.

Camillo Salvi clinched the match for WVWC winning (6-0, 7-6 (6)).

Wesleyan is 7-5 on the season.

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