CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte women’s tennis will wrap its 2016 home schedule and a three-match homestand when it plays host to Lenoir-Rhyne at 1 p.m. Sunday. Prior to the match, the 49ers will honor the on and off the court careers of Tyler Baker and Jessica Pérez as part of Senior Day festivities at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.
“Senior Day is a time for them to come out and leave everything out on the courts,” head coach Michaela Gorman said. “It’s a time for them to reflect on the last four years. We always want to have them go out on a good note. We thank them for their hard work and everything they put into being a Charlotte 49er.”
Baker, a Fort Bragg product, enters her final contest at the on-campus facility with a team-high 16 singles wins in 2015-16, including a share of the top spot this spring with seven in dual match action. She grabbed a 6-0, 6-0 win against Davidson Friday, her second-straight victory after grinding out a three-set decision to begin the homestand Wednesday against Campbell.
“Tyler has been a great addition to the program. She has played a lot of really good tennis since she’s been here. She has put a lot of time into being a full student-athlete.”
Pérez has seen limited action during her senior campaign, taking part in four of the fall tournaments. She won two of her three matches at the Wake Forest Invitational in October, while adding another triumph in her most recent action at the NCCU Invitational later that month. She figures to factor into the team’s lineup for Sunday.
“Jessica has been a terrific member of the team. She has worked hard every single day even if she hasn’t had a chance to get as much quality time on the competing aspect of the team but she still is a vital member of this program.”
Other than those two, the 49ers collectively have won their last two matches to own a 7-9 record this spring. Charlotte has turned back a pair of solid in-state opponents, Campbell and Davidson, to begin the homestand and look to equal its season-best win streak with another triumph Sunday afternoon.
Lenoir-Rhyne, a late addition to the schedule, brings a 7-13 ledger into Sunday’s meeting after knocking off Brevard Saturday, 8-1. The Bears’ victory snapped a five-match skid as they prepare to conclude their regular season with two Division I foes, Charlotte and Western Carolina.
Julia Ponomareva and Lucy Stofberg each have tallied 10 singles wins for head coach Dean Mathias, who is in his first season in charge of the program.
The Niners lead the all-time series 7-1, earning five-consecutive triumphs. The two teams met last spring for the first clash since 1982.