Niners conclude opening-day sweep
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 09/28/2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte women's tennis team put forth another solid effort in its second match of the day, handing Johnson C. Smith a 7-0 setback Friday afternoon to conclude the 49ers' start of dual action in the 2012-13 campaign.

The 49ers, who opened the day by blanking Belmont Abbey at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex, matched the score in their next go-around including not dropping a game in the three doubles contests. The play began with Anna Ekelund and Lisa Grosselius handing the Golden Bulls' Rankin Anderson and Khadijha Battle an 8-0 shutout at the top slot, while Emmanuelle Briant and Ginny Johnson tallied an 8-0 blanking over Samantha Barnes and Margaret Jones at the No. 2 position.

The complete sweep was concluded with an 8-0 Iveta Guneva and Jessica Pérez triumph against Felicia Akande and Nichelle Heard at the No. 3 spot.

Singles play went quickly as well, as Charlotte (2-0) picked up straight-set wins at each slot. Ekelund defeated Anderson 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 1 position, while Pérez posted an identical margin of victory in her No. 6 meeting with Jasmine Riddick.

Grosselius notched a 6-1, 6-1 triumph versus Akande at the No. 2 slot and Briant registered a victory against Battle 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 3 contest.

Guneva then earned a 6-0, 6-2 win over Heard in the No. 4 match, while Johnson dropped three games against Johnson C. Smith's (0-1) Barnes a 6-1, 6-2 loss at the No. 5 position.

The 49ers will get back into their regular fall tournament rhythm with a trip to Winston-Salem, N.C., next Friday-Sunday, October 5-7, for the Wake Forest Invitational.

Charlotte 7, Johnson C. Smith 0

Singles
No. 1 Anna Ekelund (CHA) def. Rankin Anderson (JCSU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 Lisa Grosselius (CHA) def. Felicia Akande (JCSU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Emmanuelle Briant (CHA) def. Khadijha Battle (JCSU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 Iveta Guneva (CHA) def. Nichelle Heard (JCSU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 5 Ginny Johnson (CHA) def. Samantha Barnes (JCSU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 Jessica Pérez (CHA) def. Jasmine Riddick (JCSU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles
No. 1 Ekelund/Grosselius (CHA) def. Anderson/Battle (JCSU) 8-0
No. 2 Briant/Johnson (CHA) def. Barnes/Margaret Jones (JCSU) 8-0
No. 3 Guneva/Pérez (CHA) def. Akande/Heard (JCSU) 8-0


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