|Tough road setback for Charlotte women’s tennis|
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s tennis team was unable to take advantage of a short-handed Gardner-Webb squad Wednesday afternoon, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Runnin’ Bulldogs at the Webb Tennis Complex.
With Gardner-Webb (7-10) down a player, essentially providing the 49ers with a free point in singles and an edge in doubles, visiting Charlotte could not close the door in the non-conference contest.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs won both doubles matches that were played, using a tiebreaker at the No. 2 spot to help clinch the point. The Niners’ pairing of Jessica Pérez and Alexandra Zinn battled to a 9-7 loss against Yasmine Doost and Rokia Sacko.
Charlotte (9-5) entered singles action down the point; however, with no G-W player at the No. 6 position, found itself in a 1-1 tie with five matches to be contested. Unfortunately for the 49ers, they came away with just two wins and allowing Gardner-Webb to clinch the tight victory.
Sophomore Natsuko Takayanagi fought through two tough sets in her No. 2 meeting with Doost before dispatching the Runnin’ Bulldog 7-6 (4), 7-5.
Freshman Tyler Baker picked up the other Charlotte win, rallying for a 4-6, 6-2, 10-8 triumph against Valeriia Popko at the No. 4 position.
The 49ers’ sophomore Lisa Grosselius also went to three sets in her tilt; however, she was unable to pull out the victory at the No. 3 slot.
Charlotte will look to regroup when it returns to the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex for the final home match of the campaign, next Thursday, April 11, at 2:30 p.m. against Furman. Prior to the contest, the 49ers will honor this year’s senior class of Emmanuelle Briant, Anna Ekelund, Iveta Guneva, Ginny Johnson and Zinn for their on and off the court accomplishments during their careers.
Gardner-Webb 4, Charlotte 3
No. 1 Erica White (GWU) def. Alexandra Zinn (CHA) 6-4, 6-0
No. 2 Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. Yasmine Doost (GWU) 7-6 (4), 7-5
No. 3 Jenny Lunde (GWU) def. Lisa Grosselius (CHA) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 Tyler Baker (CHA) def. Valeriia Popko (GWU) 4-6, 6-2, 10-8
No. 5 Rokio Sacko (GWU) def. Iveta Guneva (CHA) 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Jessica Pérez (CHA) def. No Player (GWU) by default
No. 1 Lunde/White (GWU) def. Grosselius/Takayanagi (CHA) 8-4
No. 2 Doost/Sacko (GWU) def. Pérez/Zinn (CHA) 9-7
No. 3 Baker/Emmanuelle Briant (CHA) def. No Players (GWU) by default