North Carolina

Niners Host Pair of Matches on Friday

CHARLOTTE, NC– The Charlotte 49ers women’s tennis program returns to Queen City for two doubles games on Friday (February 3) at LifeTime Fitness.

The Niners (3-3) host South Carolina State (1-0) at 11:00 a.m. before hosting Gardner-Webb (0-0) at 4:00 p.m. Live statistics are available for both games HERE and are free to the public. If you want to follow live stats, the password is “CLTWTennis” (case sensitive, “”) remove.

LAST TIME-OUT

Charlotte had a two-match split at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Chapel Hill last weekend. The 49ers defeated Utah 4-0 in game one on Friday before losing by the same score to national No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday. All was not lost on Saturday Lucie Petruzelova had a pretty good showing in an unfinished match on the fourth singles flight, winning the first set from 5th-ranked Abbey Forbes 6-4 while the second set was tied at 1-1 when the match was decided.

RECOGNIZING THE BULLDOGS

South Carolina State is 1-0 this season after beating Benedict College in their only action of the season two weeks ago. The Bulldogs finished 9-9 a season ago and led the MEAC tournament table to claim their third straight MEAC title and a berth in the NCAA tournament, where they fell to first place overall in North Carolina .

Friday is the fifth meeting between the two schools, with Charlotte winning all four matchups so far dating back to a 9-0 win in 1998.

EXPLORING THE RUNNIN’ BULLDOGS

Charlotte is the first competitive game of the spring season for Gardner-Webb in 2023 after the scheduled season opener against Lees-McRae for Wednesday was postponed due to bad weather. The Runnin’ Bulldogs also posted a 500 record 9-9 last season and made it to the Big South Tournament championship game, where they lost to the Charleston Southern. GWU is without last year’s Big South Player of the Year Teodora Ristic but brings back two First Team All-Conference selections in graduate students Maria Jardim and Manon Delsol.

The Greens and Whites are 15-4 all-time against Gardner-Webb and are currently on a six-game winning streak against the Runnin’ Bulldogs. The two met every year from 2009 to 2019 and were scheduled to play each other in 2020 before the second half of the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CHARLOTTE AT ITA KICKOFF WEEKEND

The Niners have now attended ITA Kickoff Weekend two years in a row – their first two times in the program’s history – and have recorded a win at each edition. CLT placed third last year entering the event for the first time after beating Oregon in the consolation match, and took home second place this year.

MISS CLINCH
Margaux Maquet was crucial again as Charlotte secured victory over Utah and hit with a doubles partner Lucy Quiterio to take the colon and then take Charlotte’s third singles win to get the match point. Maquet and Quiterio took the colon for green and white on all three occasions, and Maquet was also the deciding singles win for the game on all three wins.

100 WIN CLUB

Three Niners broke the three-digit career wins threshold this fall this season, bringing the program’s total to 27 players who have at least 100 wins in green and white. Both Maquet and Sawhney crossed the mark at home during the Charlotte Invite, while Schech did so at the ITA Carolina Regional. Maquet currently has 119 career wins, ranking 14th in program history, while Sawhney sits 15th with 114 wins and Schech ranks 25th with 105 career wins.

TOP 50 O’CLOCK
Emma Wilkins has climbed the list of top 50 career wins for Charlotte women’s tennis at 74 in her career, making her 45th all-time in program history. She came into the season with 12 wins outside the top 50, and thanks to a strong fall season and a solid start to spring, she’s won 19 games to put her name on the list.

DOUBLE RANKING

Two Charlotte doubles teams enter the spring season after the final leaderboard round for fall was announced on November 16th. Margaux Maquet and Lucy Quiterio Pick up where they left off last season at No. 21 in the leaderboard – and once again set a program benchmark for the highest-season finish in team history. Ruxi Schech and Kaavaya Sawhney also worked their way into the rankings as a partnership for the first time, entering the spring season at No. 57. This is the second year in a row that CLT has placed multiple doubles pairs in the same ranking. The quartet will remain nationally ranked until the next individual rankings are released in just over a month on February 8th.

NEXT

Charlotte has a week off before her next game when the Niners host Virginia Tech at LifeTime Fitness next Saturday (Feb. 11). The game starts at 1 p.m. and is free for fans.

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