ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville women's tennis team enjoyed an excellent start to the fall season at the Bulldog Invitational this past weekend. The Invitational was held at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown.


Junior Zoe Hamel captured the Blue flight title in singles, while Jenna Dodge won the Black flight in singles.


There was one doubles flight, and the duo of Armyn Solider and Hamel won that flight.


"We did pretty well overall but there was some rustiness," commented Bulldog coach Lise Gregory. "It was just good to play some matches against other teams. We have plenty of work to do before next spring, but it's always good to learn how to win matches. Several of our girls gutted out some three-set victories, and that can only help us as we go forward."


Hamel, who missed half of last season with an injury, won three matches to win the Blue Flight. She won a three-set semifinal match over Greer Ransom of Presbyterian College, 0-6, 7-6, 6-3. Hamel then knocked off Caroline DeLoach of PC in the finals, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.


Elsewhere in the Blue flight, Emily McNall won two matches before falling to DeLoach. Christine Boissevain split a pair of matches.


In the Black flight, Dodge won four matches to claim the title. She knocked off two teammates in the semifinals and finals. Dodge slipped past Ami Cloer in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-2 and held off freshman Gillian Lewis, 6-3, 6-4.

Lewis won three matches to get to the finals, while Cloer earned two wins to get to the semifinals.


In doubles completion, Soldier and Hamel won three matches to win that flight. The teams of Dodge-Lewis and McNall-Boissevain split a pair of matches.


The Bulldogs will have some time off to work on their games. Asheville does not compete again until the weekend of Oct. 26 when it will compete in the Davidson Invitational.