CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
The Charlotte women’s tennis team will get back on the courts this weekend, playing on consecutive days Friday and Saturday, but in different locations, against a pair of in-state opponents. The 49ers open the stretch with a road trip to Buies Creek, N.C., to face Campbell Friday before welcoming Western Carolina to the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex. Both contests are slated to start at 2 p.m.
“We play two tough teams in Campbell and Western Carolina,” head coach Michaela Gorman
said. “We are excited to get on the courts and compete each day.”
Charlotte owns a 4-8 overall ledger entering Friday’s meeting with the Camels after dropping road contests to No. 73 Samford and UAB last weekend in Birmingham, Ala. A trio of Niners, sophomore Tyler Baker
and juniors Lisa Grosselius
and Natsuko Takayanagi
, paces the squad with six singles wins apiece. Nipping at their heels, however, is Macy Vonderschmidt
who has won her last four, a team season-best run, to raise her total to five in her first season as a collegian.
Vonderschmidt is also part of the 49ers’ most successful doubles pairing, competing with sophomore Jessica Pérez
. Overall, Vonderschmidt and Takayanagi each top the team with four doubles victories. Pérez is next with three triumphs to her credit.
Campbell is 8-5 on during the spring and will face Radford Thursday prior to playing host to Charlotte. The Camels, coached by David Johnson, have won their last three, including a 7-0 victory over Longwood Saturday. During the run, they have lost only one point to move above .500 this season.
Two players have reached the double-digit win plateau in singles action, led by Tamara Stanic’s 11 triumphs. Karolina Chernaya’s 10 victories have been buoyed by a current four-match win streak.
Stanic and her partner in doubles, Natasha Afridi, set the tone with nine triumphs, including five-in-a-row.
Campbell leads the all-time series 7-6, though the Niners earned a 4-3 victory in last year’s meeting in Charlotte. The two teams are an even 3-3 in Buies Creek.
Western Carolina owns a 1-9-1 mark under the direction of Michaela Kissell-Eddins and will face North Carolina Central at home Friday before arriving in Charlotte.
Stacia Kissell, sister of the head coach, tops the Catamounts with a 10-1 singles record as well as forming one-half of the winningest doubles tandem with Shannon Bettiol.
The 49ers have captured wins in the last 15 contests with Western Carolina, improving to 15-1 in the series. Charlotte blanked the Catamounts, 7-0, in the last meeting during the 2012 campaign and is 9-1 all-time when the two programs have squared off in the Queen City.
Saturday’s home match will also open a stretch of three straight at the on-campus facility for the 49ers.