CHARLOTTE, NC- The Charlotte men’s tennis team returns with two road tilts against Ivy League opponents over the weekend. The Niners will first face No. 46 Princeton in New Jersey on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET before heading closer to home on Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. ET to take on No. 61 Penn.
Niner Nation can follow the games on the Charlotte Men’s Tennis Twitter account and on Charlotte49ers.com.
Last time out, Charlotte lost 4-0 at home to C-USA No. 37 UTSA on Sunday at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex. Despite not scoring a point, the Niners forced three third sets in singles play and a total of five tiebreaks throughout the game.
EXPLORE THE TIGERS
Charlotte’s first match of the weekend will be against the No. 46 Princeton Tigers, who hold a 10-9 aggregate record and are fresh from a no contest with VCU in which they led 3-2 when the match was called because of the weather.
On the stats side, Princeton is led by freshman Ellis Short, who was largely dominant towards the bottom of the lineup and holds a 16-8 singles record in aggregate and an 8-1 record in 5th place in singles.
SERIES HISTORY WITH PRINCETON
The 49ers and Tigers have only met three times before, with Princeton winning in each of the three competitions.
The last time the teams met, Princeton defeated the 49ers 6-1 in Charlotte just before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
EXPLORING THE QUAKER
Penn arrives Sunday with a 5-7 overall record but goes into the weekend with losses in their last three games to Pepperdine, UCLA and Wisconsin.
On the stats side, the Quakers are led by newcomer Manfredi Graziani, who dominated towards the bottom of the lineup and holds an 8-2 singles record with a 6-2 mark while primarily playing at No. 5 singles.
SERIES STORY WITH PENN
The Niners and Quakers have only met twice before, with the programs splitting up the meetings. The last time the programs met, Charlotte narrowly defeated the No. 23 Quakers 4-3 in Charlotte, behind a dramatic clinch by Luca Keist 4-2.
Charlotte returns home for the first of its last five games when it hosts ETSU next Friday afternoon. The first serve from the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on track tennis.