Tennis team spends Spring Break on the Road

With most college students leaving campus for Spring Break, the Western Carolina tennis team was no different. The Catamounts would travel to Hilton Head, SC, and Savannah, Ga, over Spring Break and picked up a dominating win along the way. The first matchup for the Cats was in Hilton Head, SC against the University of Evansville on March 6. The women did not match up very well with Evansville and ended up losing 5-2. Freshmen Tessie Salame and Amanda Massey picked up both of Western’s points in the match. Salame beat Evansville’s second-ranked player, Beth Payton, in straight sets 7-5, 6-2. Massey, playing as the fourth seed, also won in straight sets as she beat Allison Cox 6-3, 6-3. The second match of the road trip was much more of a success for Western as they dominated Savannah State 7-0. Savannah State did not even score a single set against the Cats. Trish Hanson, Susanna Sjokvist, Mariona Trilla Jane, Salame, and Massey all won their matches in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. Emily Turke won by default in the final match. In doubles action, Hanson and Salame won 8-0, while Holly Stocks and Turke also won 8-0. Trilla Jane and Sjokvist won by default in the third doubles match. The victory was Western’s fourth of the year and surpassed their total number of victories for last season (three), and tied their total of wins from the 2004-2005 season. Western moves to 4-4 on the year and will play next on March 15 at UNC-Asheville.