CHARLOTTE, N.C. -
The Charlotte 49ers women's
tennis team will step out of the conventional fall tournament slate to play
host to a pair of dual matches Friday at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex. The 49ers
will welcome local foes Belmont Abbey and Johnson C. Smith to campus for 9 a.m.
and 3 p.m. matches, respectively.
"We're lucky to have two local teams come in here tomorrow to our new facility
and get the dual match feel going," head coach Michaela Gorman
said. "With both
the men's and women's teams going at the same time against the same opponent,
there will be some cheering back and forth. We'll have the scoreboards going
and hopefully have a nice crowd out, as well."
Charlotte began its fall slate by competing in the College of Charleston
Invitational Sept. 14-16. Senior Anna Ekelund
collected the most singles wins
with three on her way to a third-place finish in her flight, while freshmen
and Jessica Pérez
opened their collegiate campaigns with two
Pérez teamed with junior Emmanuelle Briant
for the squad's best doubles ledger
The 49ers finished the 2011-12 year with a 16-6 dual match record, advancing to
the Atlantic 10 tournament semifinals.
Charlotte faced Johnson C. Smith last October in dual match action, picking up
a 7-0 triumph as the 49ers only dropped six games in singles and two in doubles
during the contest.
The Golden Bulls posted a 12-13 record last season with all of their victories
coming against conference opponents.
Belmont Abbey concluded last year with an 8-13 mark, including a program-best
three league wins.
All action Friday at Charlotte's new on-campus facility is free admission.