GREENVILLE, N.C. -
The Charlotte women's tennis team picked up its
fourth-straight victory, traveling across the state to Greenville for a 4-3
come-from-behind win over East Carolina Friday afternoon. The triumph was the
fourth straight for the 49ers, including the last two on the road.
"This was a complete team victory," head coach Michaela Gorman
said. "We faced
a lot of adversity throughout the match and showed true grit to earn the 4-3
victory over a tough East Carolina team."
For the first time this season, Charlotte (6-1) did not earn the doubles point
on its way to picking up the team win. However, the Niners captured four
singles triumphs, including each position in the bottom half of the lineup, to
complete the rally.
The lone doubles win came at the No. 1 slot, where Anna Ekelund
handed Melis Tanik and Yilian Zhang an 8-1 setback. Despite not
having the point as momentum for the first time in four tries, the 49ers were
able to pull out the four singles triumphs, including a pair of three-set
tallied a straight-set victory against Zhang at the top
position, handing the Pirates' top player a 6-2, 6-2 loss. Ekelund was also
triumphant in straight sets, taking a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Abby Richmond
during the No. 5 meeting.
While East Carolina (4-2) captured two of its three points in singles play, the
Charlotte squad battled through and garnered three-set wins in the final two
posted a 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 triumph over Danielle Terpko at the No.
4 slot, while Iveta Guneva
notched a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win against Dana Gray in the
No. 6 contest.
The 49ers return to the courts at 2:30 p.m. Monday when they play host to
Appalachian State at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex. The in-state tilt will
be the start of a five-match homestand for Charlotte, its longest of the
Charlotte 4, East Carolina 3
No. 1 Alexandra Zinn
(CHA) def. Yilian Zhang (ECU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Natsuko Takayanagi
(CHA) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 Melis Tanik (ECU) def. Lisa Grosselius
(CHA) 6-1, 6-3
No. 4 Tyler Baker
(CHA) def. Danielle Terpko (ECU) 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4
No. 5 Anna Ekelund
(CHA) def. Abby Richmond (ECU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 6 Iveta Guneva
(CHA) def. Dana Gray (ECU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
No. 1 Ekelund/Grosselius (CHA) def. Tanik/Zhang (ECU) 8-1
No. 2 Richmond/Wanko (ECU) def. Takayanagi/Zinn (CHA) 8-4
No. 3 Gray/Terpko (ECU) def. Baker/Jessica Pérez