|Double-digit wins reached in regular-season finale|
DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Charlotte 49ers women’s tennis team closed the regular season and attained double-digit victories for the eighth time in the last 10 years following a 4-3 road triumph at cross-county rival Davidson Friday afternoon. The Niners have won four of their last six to end their final campaign as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
“This was a great team win to carry into the conference tournament next week,” head coach Michaela Gorman said.
Charlotte (10-6) started by picking up the early 1-0 lead behind a pair of doubles victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. The top tandem of Anna Ekelund and Lisa Grosselius handed the Wildcats’ Elaina Cummer and Brites Moniz-Soares an 8-1 setback, while the No. 3 duo of Jessica Pérez and Alexandra Zinn topped Elise Held and Catherine Wood, 8-3.
The 49ers then split the six singles matches, although Davidson (9-10) forced three three-set decisions with two falling into the Niners’ favor.
Charlotte’s lone straight-set win was at the No. 5 slot, as Ekelund defeated Tamara Hill 6-1, 6-0.
After dropping her first set, Natsuko Takayanagi rallied to knock off Cummer at the No. 2 position 6-7, 6-1, 7-6.
Grosselius was in a three-set affair with Stephani Synn during the No. 3 meeting but prevailed 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 in the tightest match of the contest.
The 49ers will next compete in the Atlantic 10 Championships, April 18-21, at The Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. Charlotte will learn of its seed for the upcoming single-elimination tournament at a later date.
Charlotte 4, Davidson 3
No. 1 Brites Moniz-Soares (DAV) def. Alexandra Zinn (CHA) 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. Elaina Cummer (DAV) 6-7, 6-1, 7-6
No. 3 Lisa Grosselius (CHA) def. Stephani Synn (DAV) 7-5, 5-7, 7-6
No. 4 Nisha Crouser (DAV) def. Tyler Baker (CHA) 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 Anna Ekelund (CHA) def. Tamara Hill (DAV) 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 Frizzi Bschorer (DAV) def. Iveta Guneva (CHA) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
No. 1 Ekelund/Grosselius (CHA) def. Cummer/Moniz-Soares (DAV) 8-1
No. 2 Baker/Takayanagi (CHA) vs. Crouser/Synn (DAV) DNF
No. 3 Jessica Pérez/Zinn (CHA) def. Elise Hood/Catherine Wood (DAV) 8-3