|Niners pick up home win over Eagles|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte women's tennis team garnered the doubles point and then split the six singles matches to salvage a 4-3 triumph on a beautiful Saturday afternoon over North Carolina Central at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.
The 49ers inched ahead 1-0 early by claiming wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, leaving the No. 2 meeting unfinished. The top doubles pairing for Charlotte (7-4), senior Anna Ekelund and sophomore Lisa Grosselius, handed Ekaterina Nekrasova and Rebecca Wood an 8-5 setback, while freshman Jessica Pérez and senior Alexandra Zinn rolled to an 8-0 blanking against Julia Aguilar and Brianna Gaston in the No. 3 meeting.
Charlotte then held off any North Carolina Central (9-4) attempt at a comeback by tallying victories at the No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions and snapping a three-match skid in the process.
The Niners' three singles wins all came in straight sets, including a Natsuko Takayanagi 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Nekrasova at the No. 2 slot.
Ekelund then continued her momentum with a 6-3, 6-1 decision against Mia Ramic at the No. 5 position, while senior Iveta Guneva handed Gaston a 6-1, 6-0 loss in the No. 6 contest.
The 49ers will return to the home courts for their next match, a 2:30 p.m. first serve Tuesday tilt with Wofford.
Charlotte 4, North Carolina Central 3
No. 1 Olesya Palko (NCCU) def. Alexandra Zinn (CHA) 7-6 (8), 7-5
No. 2 Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. Ekaterina Nekrasova (NCCU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 Aissa Muamba (NCCU) def. Lisa Grosselius (CHA) 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 Rebecca Wood (NCCU) def. Tyler Baker (CHA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 Anna Ekelund (CHA) def. Mia Ramic (NCCU) 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 Iveta Guneva (CHA) def. Brianna Gaston (NCCU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 Ekelund/Grosselius (CHA) def. Nekrasova/Wood (NCCU) 8-5
No. 2 Baker/Takayanagi (CHA) vs. Muamba/Ramic (NCCU) DNF
No. 3 Jessica Pérez/Zinn (CHA) def. Julia Aguilar/Gaston (NCCU) 8-0