CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
A long five-month hiatus for the Charlotte women’s tennis team will end this weekend when the program plays host to the second annual Charlotte Invitational Friday and Saturday at the on-campus Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex. The 49ers, who have not played since the Atlantic 10 Championships in April, will welcome Campbell, East Carolina and UNC Greensboro to town for the season-opening event.
Charlotte’s fall calendar features four tournaments, including a pair at its home facility. The 49ers will close the campaign by playing host to the 49er Invitational, Oct. 25-26.
This year’s Niners lineup will look a bit different from the past couple of seasons due to the team graduating five of its 10 players from a year ago.
Returning for head coach Michaela Gorman
campaign will be senior Dominica Nemec
, juniors Lisa Grosselius
and Natsuko Takayanagi
and sophomores Tyler Baker
and Jessica Pérez
. They will be joined by freshmen Briana Bodner
, Macy Vonderschmidt
and Willemijn Witkam
to comprise the eight-player roster.
Nemec spent most of last season injured but is now healthy for her final go-around with the team. Grosselius garnered a spot on the Atlantic 10’s All-Academic Team last spring and paired with graduated senior Anna Ekelund
to form Charlotte’s top doubles pairing. Takayanagi collected All-Atlantic 10 Second Team honors for the second-straight season after playing almost exclusively at the No. 2 position in singles.
The tournament format will be round-robin in flighted formats with individual flight winners. Friday’s action is set to begin at 1 p.m. and will open with back-to-back doubles matches before one singles round.
Play will conclude Saturday, starting with the final doubles round and then another singles round. After a break for lunch, the final singles action will take place.
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