Tennis Lady ‘Cats drop outings to Charleston and West Liberty


BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat tennis team saw their two-match winning streak come to an end Friday with a 7-0 home loss to the University of Charleston Golden Eagles.

They followed that up on Sunday with a 7-0 road loss to the West Liberty Hilltoppers.

The two losses left the Lady ‘Cats with a 2-6 record.

Against Charleston in doubles action, Madison Chen and Molly Hull put together a valiant effort at No. 2 proving to be a tough matchup. The duo fell short on a couple of critical points to drop the match 6-4.

Charleston took control of the matches at No. 1 and No. 2 to give them the sweep in doubles.

In singles, Julia Pinto topped the lineup for the Lady Bobcats at No. 1.

Pinto came out on fire, winning the first set 6-3. Her opponent, Barbara Balancho, came back to win the second set 6-1. The two played a deciding third set in a "Super Tiebreaker" format, and Balancho fended off Pinto's early surge to take the set 10-4 and the victory.

The Eagles proved to be too much for the 'Cats the rest of the way sweeping Wesleyan in straight sets across the other five matches.

In Sunday’s action, after the Hilltoppers had already clinched the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3, Sai Sakamoto and Julia Pinto secured the lone victory for Wesleyan winning 6-3 at No. 1.

West Liberty controlled the match from there on out sweeping the singles lineup from the Lady 'Cats.

Wesleyan will wrap up their regular season today visiting the Davis & Elkins Senators in a 3 p.m. match.

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