|Day one of home tennis tournament concludes|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - First day action featuring a pair of doubles rounds and one singles round wrapped up Friday evening at the Charlotte 49er Invitational, hosted by the women's tennis team at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex. Charlotte donned pink t-shirts during the afternoon in support of breast cancer awareness and research.
The 49ers opened the day by facing UNC Greensboro in doubles. The Spartans claimed victories in all three matches with Charlotte securing its most games won in the No. 1 contest, where UNCG's Niltooli Wilkins and Alex Whitehead posted an 8-6 decision over Anna Ekelund and Lisa Grosselius.
The Niners bounced back with greater success in their next round, when they squared off against East Carolina. Two of the three contests fell into the hands of the Green and White, finishing the day strong in doubles.
Charlotte's top pairing recovered from its earlier setback to pick up an 8-2 win against the Pirates' Danielle Terpko and Yilian Zhang at the No. 1 slot. In the No. 2 tilt, Natsuko Takayanagi and Alexandra Zinn garnered an 8-1 victory against ECU's Nicole LaDuca and Melis Tanik.
Concluding the day was a round of singles in which the 49ers played against Coastal Carolina. Again, the Niners pulled through and claimed three triumphs in the five contested matches.
Ekelund handed Kourtney Kowal a 6-3, 6-0 loss at the No. 2 slot, while Takayanagi also captured her match in straight sets, defeating Mikaela Davies 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 4 position.
Iveta Guneva needed three sets to close out her No. 5 meeting with Vanessa Ortiz but she rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 10-3 triumph.
Tournament play continues Saturday with one last round of doubles and two additional rounds of singles.
Charlotte 49er Invitational Day One Results
Charlotte vs. UNC Greensboro Doubles
No. 1 Niltooli Wilkins/Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Anna Ekelund/Lisa Grosselius (CHA) 8-6
No. 2 Annette Rios/Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG) def. Natsuko Takayanagi/Alexandra Zinn (CHA) 8-2
No. 3 Soumeya Anane/Kayla Gammie (UNCG) def. Ginny Johnson/Jessica Pérez (CHA) 8-2
Charlotte vs. UNC Greensboro Singles
No. 6 Jamie Grinberg (UNCG) def. Emmanuelle Briant (CHA) 6-1, 5-0 (inj.)
Charlotte vs. East Carolina Doubles
No. 1 Anna Ekelund/Lisa Grosselius (CHA) def. Danielle Terpko/Yilian Zhang (ECU) 8-2
No. 2 Natsuko Takayanagi/Alexandra Zinn (CHA) def. Nicole LaDuca/Melis Tanik (ECU) 8-1
No. 3 Abby Richmond/Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Ginny Johnson/Jessica Pérez (CHA) 8-0
Charlotte vs. Coastal Carolina Singles
No. 1 Libby Scott (CCU) def. Alexandra Zinn (CHA) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 Anna Ekelund (CHA) def. Kourtney Kowal (CCU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 3 Shelby Bates (CCU) def. Lisa Grosselius (CHA) 6-3, 2-6, 10-8
No. 4 Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. Mikaela Davies (CCU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 5 Iveta Guneva (CHA) def. Vanessa Ortiz (CCU) 3-6, 6-2, 10-3
No. 6 Emmanuelle Briant (CHA) vs. Dana Gray (ECU) DNP