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Women’s tennis finishes first day at Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s tennis team put the wraps on its first day of competition Friday at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. The event is the second of four scheduled fall tournaments for the 49ers.

“We have been working really hard as a group and I saw evidence of that in our matches today,” head coach Michaela Gorman said. “We had chances to beat some tough opponents and just came up short. We will show up ready to work and continue to improve again tomorrow.”

Junior Natsuko Takayanagi went three sets in her A singles round of 16 match against Davidson’s Bree Moniz-Soares before dropping a 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-4 decision. Takayanagi will next face UNC Greensboro’s Steph Falcon in the consolation quarterfinals Saturday.

Classmate Lisa Grosselius forced a tiebreaker during the second set of her B singles round of 16 contest with the host Demon Deacons’ Xue Zhang before dropping a 6-2, 7-6 (7) decision. Grosselius returns to the courts Saturday to meet Maryland’s Olga Gaistruk in the consolation quarterfinals.

Other Niners in singles action, freshman Macy Vonderschmidt, sophomore Jessica Pérez and freshman Briana Bodner all fell in straight sets during their initial matches of the tournament.

Both sets of doubles pairings for Charlotte also dropped two tilts apiece in the A and B flights, respectively. The B duo of Pérez and Takayanagi lost a close match with Campbell’s Ana Maria Ortiz and Ewa Telenga 8-7 (2).

Saturday’s competition begins at 9 a.m. and will run all day for the second day of action at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

Charlotte Results
A Singles
Round of 16
Bree Moniz-Soares (DAV) def. Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-4

B Singles
Round of 16
Xue Zhang (WF) def. Lisa Grosselius (CHA) 6-2, 7-6 (7)

C Singles
Round of 16
Eveline Lepinay (STET) def. Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) 6-3, 6-3

D Singles
Round of 16
Amy Ellis (UNCG) def. Jessica Pérez (CHA) 6-2, 6-4

E Singles
Round of 16
Marin Kanii (BSU) def. Briana Bodner (CHA) 6-4, 6-3

A Doubles
Round of 16
Diana Bukajeva/Isabella Fernandez (STET) def. Lisa Grosselius/Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) 8-4
Consolation Quarterfinals
Bethany Moore/Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Lisa Grosselius/Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) 8-6

B Doubles
Round of 16
Ana Maria Ortiz/Ewa Telenga (CAMP) def. Jessica Pérez/Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) 8-7 (2)
Consolation Quarterfinals
Bryn Khoury/Barbora Lazarova (ELON) def. Jessica Pérez/Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) 8-6
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