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Appalachian State will face No. 10 Western Carolina in the first round of the SoCon Tournament on Wednesday.
Courtesy: Tyler Buckwell
Mountaineers to Face Catamounts at SoCon Tourney
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Tuesday 04/15/2014 (ET)

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University women's tennis will square off with No. 10 Western Carolina in the opening round of the 2014 Southern Conference Tennis Championships at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Mountaineers (8-15, 3-6 SoCon) earned the No. 7 seed at the tournament and earned a decisive 6-1 win over the Catamounts (2-17-1, 0-9) when the teams met during the regular season on April 6 in Boone.

Appalachian is led by Clare Cox, who earned second team all-SoCon honors at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Cox finished 10-11 in singles play during the regular season. Mackenzie LaSure is expected to play at No. 2 singles on Wednesday after posting a 6-12 mark during the season while Gabrielle Wreder is slated at No. 3 after finishing 9-14 as a freshman.

Brianna Armellino will play at No. 4 four the Mountaineers after compiling a 10-13 record while senior Jessica Thaggard will take the court at No. 5 after finishing a team-best 11-7 in her final season. The No. 6 spot could go to either Megan Mullen (4-4) or McKayla Zupan (2-8), both of whom are playing in their first SoCon Tournament.

In doubles play, App State is expected to keep its normal lineup at all three spots. LaSure/Wreder went 3-10 at the No. 1 spot while Cox/Zupan posted a 4-3 record at No. 2 and Armellino/Mullen finished with a 4-2 record at No. 3 doubles.

Western's top singles player is Stacia Kissell, who earned first team all-SoCon accolades after finishing the regular season with a 15-5 record at No. 1 singles. Beyond Kissell, no other Catamount won more than seven matches in singles play.

The Catamounts top doubles pairing during the regular season was Kissell/Shannon Bettiol, which finished with a 3-11 record. WCU used a total of nine other doubles pairings, none of which won more than one match during the year.

The winner of Wednesday's showdown between the Mountaineers and Catamounts will advance to face No. 2 Samford (18-2, 8-1) in the quarterfinals at 3 p.m. on Thursday. All the action from the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. can be followed live by clicking HERE.


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