MACON, Ga.- Appalachian State University women’s tennis (4-14) suffered a narrow 4-3 defeat against Mercer (8-5) on Saturday afternoon at the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center in Macon.
The Apps fell in the doubles portion and suffered setbacks in four of six singles matches. However, two of the defeats went to three sets while four of the singles contests went to a tiebreaking game.
Three Mountaineers in singles play netted wins despite the loss, which was the third loss in four matches that has resulted by one point.
Trailing 1-0 after Mercer captured the doubles point, McKayla Zupan tied the match at 1-apiece after her contest was retired in the No. 6 slot. Looking to take the lead, Melissa Machado fell to Katie Sidor as the No. 3 in the lineup, 6-0, 6-2.
App aimed to tie the match when Heidi Swope grabbed the first set, 6-0, but was defeated in the next two sets 6-2, 6-2, suffering the three-set defeat to Katia Stravroulaki as the No. 1 in the roster.
Taylor Bygrave shortened the gap to 3-2 when she toppled Marie Mottet in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. However, the Bears claimed the match when Megan Mullen suffered a tightly contested three-set defeat to Haley Powell in a matchup of No. 5’s.
Rebecca Morse earned herself the fifth win of the season as she set a career-high in singles wins with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 triumph over Grace Korta to end the day on a high note.
Swope and Zupan fell in their doubles match to Sovic/Sidor, 6-2, while Machado and Bygrave were dealt a close 6-4 loss to Powell/Mottet.
The Mountaineers will have six days off before they head to Mobile, Ala. for a pair of Sun Belt matches against Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 4 p.m. and South Alabama the following day at 8 a.m.