CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
A two-match week awaits the Charlotte women’s tennis program after a 10-day break with both contests being played at the 49ers’ on-campus Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex. The Niners will play host to Winthrop at 2 p.m. Wednesday before welcoming Belmont Abbey to town for a 2:30 p.m. Thursday meeting.
Charlotte (1-3) has not played since Feb. 8 due to schedule postponements and rescheduled dates due to inclement weather in the area. In fact, the matchup with Winthrop is from a previous Feb. 11 scheduled tilt, while the meeting with Belmont Abbey was moved up a day to Thursday from its original Friday slated time due to the possibility of more inclement weather.
Despite all the restructuring of dates and times, the 49ers have earned their lone spring victory on their home courts, a 4-3 decision against Gardner-Webb Feb. 6. The win improved Charlotte’s record at the complex to 8-3 in the last two years with four triumphs in the last five matches.
Winthrop owns a 0-1 spring ledger under long-time head coach Cid Carvalho. The Eagles started the campaign with a 5-2 setback to College of Charleston Feb. 9 before having their next two scheduled matches, against FIU and Middle Tennessee, cancelled due to weather conditions.
The Niners are 16-14 all-time against Winthrop, dating back to the first meeting Feb. 28, 1979. Wednesday’s matchup will be the first in the series since March 2, 2011.
Belmont Abbey is 0-4 during the early spring schedule and is slated to meet Catawba Tuesday afternoon before coming to the Queen City. The Crusaders have won just one combined point thus far for head coach Aaron Miller’s squad.
Charlotte is 3-0 all-time against BAC, last picking up a win Sept. 28, 2012. The first time the two nearby foes met was April 6, 1978.
All matches at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex are free admission.