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Naledi Manyube
Naledi Manyube won at number three singles in straight sets.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Women’s Tennis Won at Home Over Western Carolina

App State Tennis won for the second straight day at home, earning a 6-1 victory against the Western Carolina Catamounts on Saturday at the Watauga High School courts.

The Mountaineers (5-4) improved their home record to 4-0 this season, which includes a 4-0 win against Duquesne on Friday.

App State came out swinging early against Western Carolina (8-6), winning the doubles point when Taya Powell and Maggie Pate stormed to a 6-1 win on court two and the Mountaineers earned a forfeit win on court three.

The Mountaineers’ depth was key to their singles success Saturday.

Naledi Manyube was the first to finish, routing her opponent on court three in straight sets – 6-2, 6-0.

Including a forfeit on court six, App State was up 3-0 when Brooke Demerath clinched the team win with an impressive come-from-behind win on court five. Demerath won a tightly contested first set 7-5 before finding herself down 4-1 in the second set. She stormed back to win five straight games and take the set 6-4 to give the Mountaineers a win over their nearby rival.

Savannah Dada-Mascoll (court one), Pate (court two) and Brooke Gruber (court four) were all even after two sets before going into tiebreakers to determine their singles matches. Dada-Mascoll and Gruber won 11-9 and 10-7, respectively, while Pate came up just short 10-8. It was Dada-Mascoll’s sixth straight outing with a singles win.