|Homestand opens with 49ers victory Saturday|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s tennis team utilized the 70-degree temperatures Saturday and used them to their advantage, handing Western Carolina a 4-3 setback at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex in the first of three straight on its home courts.
The 49ers grabbed their fourth-in-a-row at home by winning the doubles point and then earning a split in singles action to pick up the narrow win against their in-state opponent.
Charlotte (5-9) used a tiebreaker to help clinch the early 1-0 lead following doubles action. Freshman Briana Bodner and junior Lisa Grosselius opened the trio of matches with an 8-4 triumph over the Catamounts’ Erin Maguire and Sara Ruiz Pajares in the No. 3 slot.
The other two contests featured closer results, with the Niners’ No. 2 tandem of sophomore Jessica Pérez and freshman Macy Vonderschmidt narrowly defeating Megan McLinden and Nicole Nielly 8-7 (6) to push the point in Charlotte’s favor.
Western Carolina (1-11-1) was leading 7-6 in the No. 1 battle, which was declared unfinished after the Niners locked up the edge entering singles.
Charlotte then added singles wins, all in straight sets, to pull out the victory and snap a three-match losing skid.
Grosselius handed Shannon Bettiol a 6-2, 6-0 loss at the No. 2 position, while junior Natsuko Takayanagi posted a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over McLinden in the No. 3 spot.
Vonderschmidt closed the 49ers’ scoring with her sixth consecutive win, recording a 6-2, 6-2 victory versus Ruiz Pajares at the No. 4 slot.
Charlotte will look to keep the momentum on its side when it plays host to Middle Tennessee at Noon Friday in the first home Conference USA match of the spring.
Charlotte 4, Western Carolina 3
No. 1 Stacia Kissell (WCU) def. Victoria Pahlett (CHA) 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Lisa Grosselius (CHA) def. Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. Megan McLinden (WCU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Sara Ruiz Pajares (WCU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Nicole Nielly (WCU) def. Jessica Pérez (CHA) 6-3, 4-6, 10-6
No. 6 Erin Maguire (WCU) def. Briana Bodner (CHA) 6-1, 6-2
No. 1 Pahlett/Takayanagi (CHA) vs. Bettiol/Kissell (WCU) 6-7, DNF
No. 2 Pérez/Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. McLinden/Nielly (WCU) 8-7 (6)
No. 3 Bodner/Grosselius (CHA) def. Maguire/Ruiz Pajares (WCU) 8-4