Appalachian State University women’s tennis advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Southern Conference Championship with a 4-1 win over Western

Carolina on Wednesday at the Champions Club.


The Mountaineers (9-15) earned the doubles point and rode the momentum into singles play where it won three matches to eliminate the Catamounts (2-18-1) from the tournament.


Appalachian’s top singles team of Mackenzie LaSure/Gabrielle Wreder earned an 8-4 victory while the No. 3 tandem of Megan Mullen/Brianna Armellino came away with an 8-0 win. The No. 2 duo of Clare Cox/McKayla Zupan led by a score of 7-2 when the doubles point was decided.


In singles play, WCU was able to tie the contest at 1-1 when Stacia Kissell, who earned first team all-league honors on Monday, scored a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 1 spot.


It would be the only point the Catamounts would score, however, as the Mountaineers picked up three-straight wins to slam the door shut. Armellino was the second to finish her match with a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 4 before Jessica Thaggard put App State up 3-1 with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 5.


Wreder sealed the win for the Apps with a 7-5, 6-2 win at the No. 3 spot to send Appalachian to the quarterfinals for the fourth-straight year.


With the win, the Mountaineers will take on No. 2 Samford (18-2, 8-1) at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The Bulldogs earned five all-SoCon nods on Monday and are ranked No. 73 nationally in the latest ITA rankings.


The winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal will take on No. 3 Chattanooga or No. 6 Georgia Southern in the semifinals at 2 p.m. on Friday for a right to play for the SoCon Championship.


Appalachian State 4, Western Carolina 1

Apr 16, 2014 at Chattanooga, Tenn. (Champions Club)

Singles competition

1. Stacia Kissell (WCU) def. Clare Cox (APP) 6-2, 6-1

2. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) vs. Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 6-1, 4-5, unfinished

3. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. Megan McLinden (WCU) 7-5, 6-2

4. Brianna Armellino (APP) def. Sara Ruiz Pajares (WCU) 6-0, 6-4

5. Jessica Thaggard (APP) def. Nicole Nielly (WCU) 6-0, 6-0

6. Megan Mullen (APP) vs. Erin Maguire (WCU) 3-6, 4-1, unfinished


Doubles competition

1. Gabrielle Wreder/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Stacia Kissell/Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 8-4

2. McKayla Zupan/Clare Cox (APP) vs. Megan McLinden/Nicole Nielly (WCU) 7-2, unfinished

3. Megan Mullen/Brianna Armellino (APP) def. Sara Ruiz Pajares/Erin Maguire (WCU) 8-0


Match Notes

Western Carolina 2-18-1

Appalachian State 9-15

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,4,5,3)