Tennis Lady ‘Cats beat Senators for first win


BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan women's tennis team faced off against the Senators from Davis & Elkins on Friday getting their first win of the year.

Jackie Zavala, Maddie Chen and Hannah Spruce provided excellent performances en route to a 4-3 victory for the Lady Bobcats.

“We showed a lot of guts to pull out the doubles point,"”head coach Jay Evans said. “We won a few critical matches at the bottom of the lineup to take the win today.”

In doubles, West Virginia Wesleyan dropped the first match at No.1. The 'Cats needed big performances from the bottom of the lineup in order to secure the doubles point. Hannah Spruce and Jackie Zavala delivered by dominating the match at No.3 winning 6-1 to tie it up.

With the doubles point now being decided at No.2, Molly Hull and Maddie Chen clutched up for the Lady 'Cats and won 6-4 to give Wesleyan the doubles point.

In singles, WVWC dropped the top three matches and after the exciting doubles performance found themselves behind 3-1.

The Lady Bobcats did not back down as Zavala stormed back from a set down at No.6 to win the second set 6-4. Zavala and her opponent Elysia Cain went back and forth in the third and needed six tiebreak points to decide the outcome. Zavala put some life into the Bobcats by sealing the 7-6 victory and pulling WVWC within one.

Hannah Spruce continued the momentum at No. 5 by not dropping a single game in her match. Spruce won in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) to tie up the match.

In the deciding match at No. 4, Maddie Chen went up against Cara Long. Chen showed poise the entire way clinching the match for the Bobcats by winning 6-1, 6-4.

WVWC's next contest is today at home against Frostburg State. The match is slated to begin at 3 p.m.

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