The Charlotte 49ers (5-10) hosted the East Carolina Pirates (12-6) on Monday, March 26. A match that could have gone either way ended up in the hands of the Pirates due to a poor performance in singles.
Of the top six seeds in action, only one Charlotte 49er came up victorious in their singles match. Charlotte’s lone victory came when fourth seed Rocio Safront defeated Sarah Sarjoo in two sets (6-4, 6-2). Second seed Alexandra Lee could have picked up a victory over ECU’s Lisa Hofbauer (6-3, 2-6, 2-3 DNF), but the match was called when ECU had mathematically won.
Charlotte almost tightened the score when sixth seed Immie Cowper went into a tiebreaking set with Ho-Chiao Hsia. Cowper went on to lose that final set 6-2, but she and the rest of the team could hang their hats on their doubles performance.
In doubles, Charlotte swept all three matches in thrilling fashion. The top-seeded doubles team of Alexandra Lee and Tai Martin would defeat ECU’s combination of Diercksen and Ruiz 7-5.
Before losing a close battle in singles, Cowper and her partner Safont claimed a victory as the second-seeded doubles against the Pirates’ duo of Hsia and Rettich (6-4). The third-seeded team of Gabriela Gonzalez and Pierina Imparato would help Charlotte remain undefeated in doubles with a 7-5 victory over Hofbauer and Sarjoo.
Charlotte will look to rebound on Friday, March 30 when they travel to Wilmington to take on UNCW at 11 a.m. Doing so, they look to snap their five-match losing streak and three-match losing streak against in-state teams.