CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
A no-quit attitude prevailed on the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex courts Wednesday afternoon, as Charlotte women’s tennis overcame an early deficit to defeat Campbell 4-3 in another tightly-contested match between the two in-state programs.
“I was very proud of the way the team worked today,” head coach Michaela Gorman
said. “I told them going into today’s match it was going to be a battle and it was. Every single court was a battle. I felt like we fought through and really focused in on working on the things we’ve been doing well, settling down and putting a lot of positive points together. I’m proud of the way we fought today in this battle and able to come out and defend our home courts.”
The Camels struck first by taking the doubles point and a 1-0 edge heading into singles action. The 49ers managed to pick up a 6-2 triumph in the No. 2 slot, as sophomore Megan Smith
and junior Sierra Stone
topped Isabel Boada and Georgina Segarra.
Charlotte (6-9) did not let the deficit deter it, as it started strong in singles play as the back-and-forth affair could have been decided for either side.
Smith evened the score at 1-1 with her straight-set 6-2, 6-3 victory against Claire Bedi at the No. 6 position before freshman Tai Martin
followed with another straight-set triumph, handing Segarra a 6-2, 6-2 setback in the No. 2 tilt, to give the Niners a 2-1 advantage.
Campbell (11-8), however, would not be denied and would even the score at 2-2 with its win on the No. 3 court.
The next match to finish was at No. 5, where senior Tyler Baker
turned back a first-set loss into a three-set victory with her 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 decision against Nina Asanin. Her triumph lifted the 49ers into a 3-2 edge with two more close matches still left to be decided.
Stone then clinched the overall team win with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 thriller in the No. 4 slot against Boada, putting Charlotte ahead by the critical two points with only one match remaining.
Junior Victoria Pahlett
and Irina Karangozishvili went toe-to-toe through two tiebreakers in each of the first two sets before the Camels top player prevailed in the deciding set to close the final margin to only one point. Their match was reflective of the entire afternoon, as both teams traded points and fought through long points and volleys before the 49ers came out with the victory.
Charlotte will look to put another mark in the win column Friday when it welcomes cross-county rival Davidson to campus for a 3 p.m. first serve. The match will serve as the program’s annual Think Pink contest with the team set to wear special pink t-shirts to help raise awareness for breast cancer research. Charlotte 4, Campbell 3 Singles
No. 1 Irina Karangozishvili (CAM) def. Victoria Pahlett
(CHA) 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-3
No. 2 Tai Martin
(CHA) def. Georgina Segarra (CAM) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 Maud Mrad (CAM) def. Macy Vonderschmidt
(CHA) 6-1, 6-3
No. 4 Sierra Stone
(CHA) def. Isabel Boada (CAM) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4
No. 5 Tyler Baker
(CHA) def. Nina Asanin (CAM) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 6 Megan Smith
(CHA) def. Claire Bedi (CAM) 6-2, 6-3 Doubles
No. 1 Asanin/Karangozishvili (CAM) def. Martin/Pahlett (CHA) 6-3
No. 2 Smith/Stone (CHA) def. Boada/Segarra (CAM) 6-2
No. 3 Mrad/Ewa Telenga (CAM) def. Baker/Vonderschmidt (CHA) 6-2