|Home opener for women’s tennis Thursday|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s tennis team will look to add a tally in the victory column Thursday afternoon when it plays host to Gardner-Webb at 2 at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex. It will mark the 2014 home opener for the 49ers, who began the spring with a pair of matches away from the Queen City.
“We are excited for our 2014 home season opener against Gardner-Webb and look forward to a highly competitive match,” head coach Michaela Gorman said. “We have always had great, hard-fought matches with them over the years and don't expect tomorrow to be any different. We will have to show up ready to play at every spot in singles and doubles.”
Charlotte brings a 0-2 ledger into the contest after dropping a 4-1 decision to Radford and losing 7-0 to Wake Forest Jan. 24 and 25, respectively, to begin the spring campaign. The lone individual match win for the Niners came at No. 3 singles, as junior Natsuko Takayanagi defeated her opponent in straight sets.
Gardner-Webb improved to 2-0 on the young campaign with a 5-4 triumph at Erskine Monday. The victory came two days after the Runnin’ Bulldogs opened the spring slate with a 7-0 win against North Carolina A&T.
The 49ers lead the all-time series 9-4, though GWU has picked up victories in the last four meetings, including the last two by a slim, 4-3, margin. The Niners are 6-2 against Gardner-Webb when the two teams have squared off in Charlotte.
All matches at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex are free admission.