Doubles pairings guide 49ers on day one
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 10/06/2012
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Three doubles victories, including a pair by the tandem of Natsuko Takayanagi and Alexandra Zinn, highlighted day one action Friday for the Charlotte women's tennis team at the Wake Forest Invitational.

The duo posted back-to-back wins in the B flight to advance to Saturday's semifinals. The pairing opened the day with an 8-5 triumph over Navy's Logan Antill and Gabby Winter in the Round of 16 before knocking off Richmond's Emily Gitman and Elizabeth Sims, 8-4, in the quarterfinals.

The only other doubles victory on the day for the 49ers was in the D bracket, as Ginny Johnson and Jessica Pérez garnered an 8-6 Round of 16 decision over the mixed team of Elon's Caroline Baker and Radford's Allison Michael. The Charlotte tandem then lost in the quarterfinals, setting up a third-place match Saturday in the flight.

Pérez was the lone 49er to earn a singles win out of the seven matches competed throughout the day. She continued the strong start to her collegiate career with a hard-fought 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5) decision against Davidson's Tamara Hill in the F Singles Round of 16.

Tournament action at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex will continue Saturday and Sunday.

Wake Forest Invitational Day One Results

A Singles

Round of 16
Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) 7-6 (3), 7-5
Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) def. Anna Ekelund (CHA) 6-0, 6-3

B Singles

Round of 16
Diana Bukajeva (STET) def. Lisa Grosselius (CHA) 6-2, 6-3

D Singles

Round of 16
Grace Baker (CofC) def. Iveta Guneva (CHA) 6-3, 7-5

E Singles

Round of 16
Ewa Telenga (CAMP) def. Ginny Johnson (CHA) 6-1, 6-0
Brigita Bercyte (WFU) def. Emmanuelle Briant (CHA) 6-3, 6-0

F Singles

Round of 16
Jessica Pérez (CHA) def. Tamara Hill (DAV) 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5)

A Doubles

Round of 16
Grace Baker/Christin Newman (CofC) def. Anna Ekelund/Lisa Grosselius (CHA) 8-5

Consolation Quarterfinals
Mackenzie LaSure/Ellie Linsell (ASU) def. Anna Ekelund/Lisa Grosselius (CHA) 8-3

B Doubles

Round of 16
Natsuko Takayanagi/Alexandra Zinn (CHA) def. Logan Antill/Gabby Winter (NAVY) 8-5

Quarterfinals
Natsuko Takayanagi/Alexandra Zinn (CHA) def. Emily Gitman/Elizabeth Sims (RICH) 8-4

D Doubles

Quarterfinals
Ginny Johnson/Jessica Pérez (CHA) def. Caroline Baker (ELON)/Allison Michael (RAD) 8-6

Semifinals
Mikaela Carlson/Tracy Thorsell (NAVY) def. Ginny Johnson/Jessica Pérez (CHA) 8-1

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