ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s team battled hard but defending Big South Conference champion Winthrop outlasted the Bulldogs 6-1 Wednesday afternoon at the Asheville Racquet Club.

 

Asheville fell to 10-7 overall with the loss and 2-4 in league play. The Lady Eagles won for the ninth time in their last 10 matches. They improved to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in Big South matches.

 

The Bulldogs lost a close doubles point as Asheville’s #2 team of Christine Boissevain and Amryn Soldier downed Caitlin Cridland and Ekin Gunaysu, 8-6. But Winthrop was able to gets wins at #1 and # 3 flights to lead 1-0.

 

Asheville’s Emily McNall continued her great season as earned the Bulldogs only point of the day with a straight set win over Tijana Uzelac at #5 flight, 7-6, 6-2. She now has 10 singles wins on the year.

 

Winthrop earned singles wins from Andressa Garcia, Alice Garcia, Ekin Gunaysu, Monica Aguado and Cridland to seal the victory.

 

Asheville is at home Saturday afternoon against league foe Campbell starting at 1 p.m.

 

Apr 02, 2014 at Asheville, N.C. (ARC Downtown)

 

Singles competition

1. GARCIA, Andressa (WU) def. HAMEL, Zoe (ASHW) 6-3, 6-1

2. CRIDLAND, Caitlin (WU) def. RIVERO, Ericka (ASHW) 7-6, 6-1

3. GARCIA, Alice (WU) def. SOLDIER, Amryn (ASHW) 6-2, 6-2

4. GUNAYSU, Ekin (WU) def. BOISSEVAIN, Christin (ASHW) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (9-7)

5. McNALL, Emily (ASHW) def. UZELAC, Tijana (WU) 7-6, 6-2

6. AGUADO, Monica (WU) def. LEWIS, Gillian (ASHW) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. GARCIA, Alice/GARCIA, Andressa (WU) def. HAMEL, Zoe/RIVERO, Ericka (ASHW) 8-5

2. BOISSEVAIN, Christin/SOLDIER, Amryn (ASHW) def. CRIDLAND, Caitlin/GUNAYSU, Ekin (WU) 8-6

3. WILLIAMSON, Beth/UZELAC, Tijana (WU) def. McNALL, Emily/LEWIS, Gillian (ASHW) 8-6