|Move indoors spells loss for Niners Friday night|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte women’s tennis moved its Friday match with Conference USA foe Middle Tennessee indoors to avoid inclement weather, but the 49ers could not use it to their advantage in dropping a 4-0 decision at the Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club.
Charlotte (5-10, 0-2 C-USA) was unable to sustain any momentum at the unfamiliar surroundings, as the Blue Raiders jumped out in front quickly by securing the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and 3 spots.
Each of the three Niners who completed their singles matches against their Middle Tennessee (8-6, 3-1 C-USA) adversaries fell in straight sets. Sophomore Tyler Baker won the most games of the trio, dropping a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Flavia Nagayama in the No. 5 contest.
Reigning Conference USA Athlete of the Week Macy Vonderschmidt squared off against Nayara Moraes at the No. 3 position but the meeting was pulled when MT clinched the overall team victory. Vonderschmidt’s career-long six-match win streak remains intact with the decision.
The 49ers will look to rebound when they close the regular-season road slate at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when they travel to Greensboro, N.C., to face UNC Greensboro.
Middle Tennessee 4, Charlotte 0
No. 1 Tiffany William (MT) def. Victoria Pahlett (CHA) 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 Lisa Grosselius (CHA) vs. Jesse Grace (MT) DNF
No. 3 Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) vs. Nayara Moraes (MT) DNF
No. 4 Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) vs. Irina Constantinide (MT) DNF
No. 5 Flavia Nagayama (MT) def. Tyler Baker (CHA) 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 Sarah Sediri (MT) def. Jessica Pérez (CHA) 6-1, 6-2
No. 1 Moraes/William (MT) def. Grosselius/Vonderschmidt (CHA) 8-2
No. 2 Pahlett/Takayanagi (CHA) vs. Constantinide/Grace (MT) DNF
No. 3 Nagayama/Sediri (MT) def. Briana Bodner/Pérez (CHA) 8-3