ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville women's team got four singles wins in straight sets and earned the doubles point as the Bulldogs downed mountain rival Western Carolina, 5-2 Wednesday evening at the Asheville Racquet Club South.


The win improved Asheville's record to 6-3, while the Catamounts fell to 1-5.


The Bulldogs picked up the doubles points with three victories. Zoe Hamel and Erickia Rivero won at #1 flight, 8-4. Emily McNall and Christina Boissevain posted a win at the #2 flight, 8-4.  Gillian Lewis and Amryn Soldier finished the doubles sweep with an 8-3 victory.


WCU was able to win at #1 and#2 flights but Asheville dominated at 3-6 flights. Rivero downed Sara Ruiz Pajares, 6-0, 6-1 at #3. Soldier upended Nicole Nielly at #4 with a 6-0, 6-3 triumph. Boissevain won a hard-fought match at #5 over Shannon Bettiol, 6-4, 6-4. Freshman Gilliam Lewis finished the Bulldog win at #6 as she downed Erin Maguire, 6-1, 7-5.


Asheville opens Big South Conference play at the Asheville Racquet Club Downtown on Thursday when the Bulldogs host Liberty at 1 p.m.


UNC Asheville 5, Western Carolina 2
Mar 06, 2013 at Asheville, N.C. (ARC South) 

Singles competition

1. Stacia Kissell (WCU) def. HAMEL, Zoe (ASHW) 6-3, 6-1

2. Karen Jiménez (WCU) def. MCNALL, Emily (ASHW) 6-2, 6-0

3. RIVERO, Erickia (ASHW) def. Sara Ruiz Pajares (WCU) 6-0, 6-1

4. SOLDIER, Amryn (ASHW) def. Nicole Nielly (WCU) 6-0, 6-3

5. BOISSEVAIN, Christin (ASHW) def. Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 6-4, 6-4

6. LEWIS, Gillian (ASHW) def. Erin Maguire (WCU) 6-1, 7-5

Doubles competition

1. HAMEL, Zoe/RIVERO, Erickia (ASHW) def. Nicole Nielly/Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 8-4

2. MCNALL, Emily/BOISSEVAIN, Christin (ASHW) def. Stacia Kissell/Karen Jiménez (WCU) 8-4

3. LEWIS, Gillian/SOLDIER, Amryn (ASHW) def. Erin Maguire/Sara Ruiz Pajares (WCU) 8-3

Match Notes

Western Carolina 1-5

UNC Asheville 6-3