Charlotte's women's tennis program climbed to a 12-1 mark thanks to a gritty 4-3 victory Saturday afternoon against Western Michigan at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex. The Broncos fell to 10-7 with the loss.
Charlotte needed a hotly-contested doubles point to be the difference after the team split the six singles matches.
"I am extremely proud of our fight and effort today, and it took the whole team to get this win," said Charlotte head coach Michaela Gorman. "This was a team win against an extremely talented program. And we need this kind of test this weekend, including tomorrow's match. to get ready for the A-10 Tournament."
Charlotte's top doubles pairing of senior Andrea Rivera (Lima, Peru) and junior Alexandra Zinn (Trelleborg, Sweden) were able to outlast the WMU top tandem for an 8-6 victory. They are 13-2 together this season, winning three in a row. Rivera got to within one doubles victory of her former teammate Ana Spivakovsky and sits third all-time at Charlotte with 73 doubles wins.
Charlotte's number-two pairing of freshman Lisa Grosselius (Molndal, Sweden) and junior Anna Ekelund (Lomma, Sweden) took a 9-7 decision to keep pace with Rivera and Zinn. Grosselius and Ekelund are 13-1, winners of six straight. Charlotte has secured a 28-6 record (.824 win percentage) in doubles matches this season.
In singles, Charlotte won the required three to get the team victory. Rivera won at number two, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to take her 12th win of the season. She has 59 singles wins in her career, two back of a three-way tie for sixth in program history.
Freshmen took the third and fourth spots in the lineup, both winning in straight sets. Takayanagi won 7-5, 6-1 at number three to improve to a team-best 18 singles victories. Grosselius got her 11th singles victory of the year and was the first to finish in a 6-0, 6-3 result.
The 49ers finish the weekend Sunday morning with an 11 a.m. match against Coastal Carolina.