|Women's Tennis Hands ASU Its 1st Home Indoor Loss|
With high winds up in the mountains, Charlotte and Appalachian State moved inside to the Yonahlossee Racquet Club for the regularly-scheduled tennis match, with the 49ers taking a narrow 4-3 victory on Tuesday evening in women's tennis action. The 49ers improve to 15-4, winners of two in a row, while the Mountaineers slip to 12-9 on the season, taking their first loss at the indoor facility.
Charlotte finished 3-2 in matches against Southern Conference teams, while ASU loses its first match when moving to the nearby indoor facility.
"This was a great team road win," said Charlotte head coach Michaela Gorman after the long match. "Everyone played a part in this tough 4-3 victory today."
In doubles play, Charlotte's No. 1 pair of senior Andrea Rivera (Lima, Peru) and junior Alexandra Zinn (Trelleborg, Sweden) won three straight games to take a 7-4 lead before closing out an 8-5 win. The pair is 16-4 together this season, improving to 13-3 in dual matches.
Junior Anna Ekelund (Lomma, Sweden) and freshman Lisa Grosselius (Molndal, Sweden) led 5-3, but loss three points in a row to trail 6-5, eventually winning in a tiebreaker (7-4) for the win at number-two doubles and securing the doubles point of the match. They are a team-best 19-2 together this year, with a 15-1 mark in dual matches. The Niners and Mountaineers did not finish the number-three match with the score tied at 7-7, due to court restrictions indoors.
The 49ers needed three singles wins for the team victory, which it got at spots three, four and five. Grosselius could not continue into singles play, with a couple of student-athletes in the 49ers order playing a spot up in the lineup.
Natsuko Takayanagi (Fukui, Japan) won first in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1 at number three for her team-leading 22nd singles win of the season. She is 11-3 in singles play in dual matches this season.
After a pair of wins by ASU, the tied match was settled at the bottom of the lineup. Ekelund secured a 6-2, 6-3 win at number four to give the Niners a 3-2 match lead. Ekelund is 14-8 in singles play this season.Charlotte scored five consecutive games in the opening set of the No. 4 singles match, and the 49er closed the match with three straight games in a 6-2, 6-3 match, putting the 49ers one point from securing the team victory.
An ASU win at number six put the match solely in the number-five matchup, with junior Iveta Guneva (Sofia, Bulgaria) playing up a spot and gutting out a three-set win, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, for the team victory. The match was tied at 4-all in the third set when Guneva won two-straight games to take the hotly-contested contest. Guneva is 16-5 in singles play this season, with a 1-1 mark playing up at number five.
Charlotte will close out the regular season Friday with a match at Campbell, beginning at 2:30 p.m.