LADY MOCS UPEND APPALACHIAN STATE AT SOCON TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
ELON, N.C. --- The No. 9 seed Lady Mocs defeated No. 8 seed Appalachian State Thursday morning in the first round of the 2009 Southern Conference Women’s Tennis Championships at the Burlington Tennis Center in Burlington, N.C., in a rematch of the regular season finale between the two teams.
Appalachian State, who won the match 4-3 on April 14 in Boone, N.C., claimed the first point Thursday winning two of the three doubles matches. Chattanooga freshman Emily Hangstefer and sophomore Grace Robinette won the No. 1 doubles match 8-3 but Appalachian State would rebound to win the final two to go up 1-0.
Lindsey King and Blakely Bean defeated UTC freshman Jennemieke van der Veek and sophomore Annie Green 8-2 at the No. 2 position while junior Kate Ksiezopolski and freshman Charlotte Bossy fell 8-5 at the No. 3 spot to Amanda Cash and Laura Janke.
In singles, the Lady Mocs charged back into the match winning the first three. Hangstefer posted a win at the top spot defeating Cash 6-3, 6-1 to tie the match. Freshman Brianna Wishing put Chattanooga up on top with a 6-2, 6-4 decision at the No. 5 spot over ASU’s Heather Prior and Annie Green gave the Lady Mocs a 3-1 lead with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Bean at the No. 4 spot.
The Mountaineers cut the lead to 3-2 with a 6-3, 6-3 win by Caroline Mauch over Bossy at No. 3 but Chattanooga’s van der Veek bounced back from a first set loss to clinch the win. She defeated King 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 2 position. Kate Ksiezopolski was leading 6-7, 6-2, 3-1 in the third set when the match was decided.
The Lady Mocs will take on SoCon regular season champion and top seeded Furman at 9 a.m. Friday at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center located on the Elon University campus. Live stats will be available at GoMocs.com.
1. Emily Hangstefer (UTC) def. Amanda Cash (ASU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Jennemieke van der Veek (UTC) def. Lindsay King (ASU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Caroline Mauch (ASU) def. Charlotte Bossy (UTC) 6-3, 6-3
4. Annie Green (UTC) def. Blakeley Bean (ASU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Brianna Wishing (UTC) def. Heather Prior (ASU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Kate Ksiezopolski (UTC) vs. Gisela Fernandez (ASU) 6-7, 6-2, 3-1
Order of finish: 1,5,4,3,2,
1. Hangstefer/Grace Robinette (UTC) def. Olivia Stannard/Fernandez (ASU), 8-3
2. King/Blakeley (ASU) def. van der Veek/Green (UTC) 8-2
3. Cash/Laura Janke (ASU) def. Ksiezopolski/Bossy (UTC) 8-5
Order of finish: 1,2,3
Appalachian State: 9-15