CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The Charlotte 49ers women’s tennis team wraps up its fall season this weekend (November 12-13) in Florida at the UNF Fall Invitational, hosted by North Florida.
Originally scheduled to start on Friday and last three days, the tournament was condensed to two days due to the tropical storm that hit Florida. Play begins on Saturday November 12 with one doubles match and two singles matches. The singles game will be two out of three sets with a no-ad score and a 10-point super tiebreaker for the third set. Sunday, November 13, the event will conclude with two more doubles matches and a final singles match. The format is a compass draw, so each player is guaranteed three matches in singles and doubles.
Eight Niners will be in action this weekend: Lucie Aranda, Margaux Maquet, Lucia Petruzelova, Lucia Quiterio, Kaavya Sawhney, Ruxi Schech, Emma Van Poppeland Emma Wilkin. Other teams in the field include North Florida, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, UCF and South Florida.
This weekend’s event is the fifth and final team event in Charlotte’s fall schedule. The Niners started the year with a pair of stealth wins at the Elon Fall Invitational before picking up 29 wins at the Charlotte Invite. A quartet of Niners saw tough action against four other Top-60 ranked teams at the Sea Pines College tournament before facing tougher competition at the ITA Carolina Regionals a month ago in the final team event.
ITA EVENTS ALSO
Margaux Maquet and Lucia Quiterio played in a pair of ITA events this fall, marking the first time CLT has had a participant in the program’s history. At the ITA All-American Championships, Maquet reached the Round of 32 in singles with a win over Purdue before the two combined for a doubles win over the nation’s No. 14-ranked team Tulane to reach consolation in double. quarter-finals. The two received a wild card offer for the ITA Fall Nationals in San Diego, Calif., last weekend and reached the semifinals of the consolation draw, once eliminating plus Tulane’s No. 14-ranked duo in the process.
Three Niners broke the triple-digit threshold for career wins this season, taking the program total to 27 players who have racked up at least 100 wins in the Green and White. Maquet and Sawhney broke the mark at home at the Charlotte Invitational, while Schech did so at the ITA Carolina Regional. Maquet currently has 112 career wins to tie her for 16th place in program history while Sawhney is 22nd with 108 wins and Schech has 101 career wins for 26th in the standings.
SUCCESS AT HOME
Charlotte had a strong performance at her home Charlotte Invite in September, posting an 18-4 record in singles and an 11-7 record in team doubles. Maquet, Sawhney, Petruzelova, Quiterio and Emma Wilkin all went undefeated in singles action. Schech and Lucie Aranda recorded records of 2-1 and Maddie Brown and Emma Van Poppel each won one of their two solo matches. Sawhney and Schech led the way in doubles with a 4-1 record while Maquet and Quiterio went 2-1 on the weekend.
LAST SEASON’S SUCCESS
The 2021-22 season was one of the most successful seasons in program history, seeing the Niners reach the USA conference championship game for the first time, and just the second conference championship game that the team has achieved. Charlotte also took part in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend for the first time last year and will do so again in the 2022-23 campaign.
Record eight 49ers honored with C-USA post-season awards, including newcomer of the year Lucia Quiterio and coach of the year Anthony Davison – Charlotte’s first women’s tennis coach to win Coach of the Year. Returnees from all conferences include Ruxi Schech (Single first team), Margaux Maquet/Lucia Quiterio (First team doubles), Schech/Kaavya Sawhney (second team in doubles), and Lucia Petruzelova (All Freshman).