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’s 11th 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.