Special Report to Blowing Rock News from App State Sports. By Ryan Bower. February 15, 2015. BOONE, NC – Another weather-shortened match had no effect on Appalachian State University women’s tennis, as it cruised to a 5-1 win over visiting West Virginia State on Sunday at Yonahlossee Racquet Club.
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The Mountaineers (4-3) picked up their fourth-straight home win and dealt the Yellow Jackets (0-1) a loss in their season-opener after entering the match ranked No. 49 in the NCAA Division II ITA Rankings.
Appalachian took the doubles point easily as the No. 2 tandem of Melissa Machado and Megan Mullen grabbed a 6-0 win before the No. 3 duo of Gabrielle Wreder and McKayla Zupan cruised to a 6-3 win to take the doubles point.
In singles play, West Virginia State was able to get on the board as Brittany Franco scored a 7-6, 6-4 win over Clare Cox at the No. 1 spot.
It would be all App State from there, as the Mountaineers grabbed straight-set wins in the next four singles matches. Mackenzie LaSure was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 2 while Brianna Armellino came away with a 6-1, 6-2 decision at No. 3.
Wreder grabbed Appalachian’s match-clinching fourth point with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4 before Machado earned the final point of the day with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 5.
Olivia King was tied, 4-4, at No. 6 with WVSU’s Brenda Cumpa, but the match went unfinished so the visitors could hit the road before a major winter storm began to move towards the east coast.
Appalachian State returns to action on Friday for a 3 p.m. contest against Radford before hitting the road to take on Gardner-Webb on Saturday. The Mountaineers will also play host to North Carolina Central on Feb. 22 before a nine-match road trip to begin the month of March.
Appalachian State 5, West Virginia State 1
1. Brittany Franco (WVSU) def. Clare Cox (APP) 7-6, 6-4
2. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Brooke Campbell (WVSU) 6-0, 6-1
3. Brianna Armellino (APP) def. Charlotte Sandy (WVSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. Nina Dillwald (WVSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Melissa Machado (APP) def. Diana Cotoros (WVSU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Olivia King (APP) vs. Brenda Cumpa (WVSU) 4-4, unfinished
1. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) vs. Brittany Franco/Brooke Campbell (WVSU) 5-3, unfinished
2. Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado (APP) def. Charlotte Sandy/Nina Dillwald (WVSU) 6-0
3. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) def. Diana Cotoros/Brenda Cumpa (WVSU) 6-3