CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s tennis team will look to build upon a hard-fought win in its last outing when it travels to Boone, N.C., for a 2 p.m. Monday match against Appalachian State. It will mark the Niners’ third-straight road contest against a Southern Conference foe.
“We are looking forward to a highly-competitive match tomorrow,” head coach Michaela Gorman said. “We will look to put into action the things we have talked about and worked on as a team.”
Charlotte improved to 3-5 on the campaign following a 4-3 victory Friday over USC Upstate at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex. The 49ers earned all four points in singles action, handing straight-set losses to each of their Spartans adversaries.
Juniors Natsuko Takayanagi and Lisa Grosselius, along with sophomore Tyler Baker moved into a share of the team lead with three dual-match singles triumphs apiece. Including the fall tournament campaign, Baker owns a team-high six victories compared to five each for her two teammates.
Takayanagi and freshman Macy Vonderschmidt own Charlotte’s most wins in doubles action, with three each, while Grosselius and sophomore Jessica Pérez have posted two apiece.
The Mountaineers bring a 3-6 overall record into Monday’s meeting at the Yonahlossee Racquet Club, an indoor facility that will play host to the in-state contest.
Appalachian State has lost its last two by identical 4-3 scores, including its first SoCon match of the campaign Saturday against Samford.
Two Mountaineers pace the squad with four singles wins each, Brianna Armellino and Jessica Thaggard. In doubles, Clare Cox has also collected four victories to top head coach Colin Crothers’ team.
The 49ers have dominated the series over the years, owning a 21-4 advantage, though App State has claimed a split in the last-four meetings. Those two triumphs were its first since the initial two contests played in 1982 and 1983 and snapped a 19-match win streak for Charlotte. Gorman’s squads are 6-2 against the Mountaineers during her tenure.