Tennis Lady Bobcats squeak by UVa.-Wise, 4-3

WISE (Va.)   West Virginia Wesleyan rallied from a 3-0 deficit to claim a 4-3 victory in Mountain East conference tennis action here Saturday.

The visiting Lady Bobcats turned the trick by taking the final four singles matches after dropping the doubles point and the top two singles spots.

Freshmen Maddie Chen and Rebecca Osborne sealed the deal by winning in straight sets at the #6 and #5 positions, with Osborne taking the clincher.

“It was a great day for the depth of the team and showed the girls are going to fight,” said Wesleyan head coach Marc Walters. “Chen and Osborne cut their teeth in a must-win situation on the road.” Sophomore Julia Yanes helped bring Wesleyan closer by winning at #4, drawing the Lady 'Cats to within one point.

Lady Bobcat Mariona Junyer got the comeback started with a do-or-die match at #3 singles, defeating the Cavaliers' Aya Melham 6-4 6-3.

Melham had been playing strong tennis coming into the match, but Wesleyan’s senior from Spain proved to be up to the task.

The two were never separated by more than one break in either set until Junyer broke serve in the final games of each set and grab the first Lady Bobcat point of the day.

“Junyer came up big in a coin-flip type of match,” stated Walters.

Wesleyan, 7-5 overall and 2-1 MEC, was slated to play MEC foe Shepherd on Tuesday.

They will return to action Thursday when they host Fairmont State at 3:30 p.m.

They finish a busy week with a trip to Davis and Elkins on Friday for a non-conference 3:30 p.m. start.


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