CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte men’s tennis team returns to action with a Sunday afternoon home tilt with C-USA foe UTSA. First serve from the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex is slated for 1 p.m. ET.
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LAST TIME OUT
Last time out, Charlotte took down Presbyterian, 5-2, on Friday afternoon at Lifetime Fitness. Charlotte won a doubles point for the first time since early February and carried that momentum into a dominant effort in singles play.
While holding a, 1-0, lead, the Green & White saw straight-set efforts from Matias Iturbe and Ivan Dreycopp and No.’s 3 and 4 singles, before grad transfer Jhonny Acosta eventually clinched match point with a three-set come-from-behind victory on court six.
The win was Charlotte’s second consecutive and brings the 49ers closer to returning to .500 after falling in four consecutive matches to bridge the months of February and March.
SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS
The 37th-ranked Roadrunners are in the midst of one of the best seasons in program history and are winners of 11 consecutive matches, while holding an overall record of, 13-4.
UTSA in 17 matches has knocked off five ranked opponents this season, including No. 49 and SEC foe Texas A&M, 4-3, back on March 4 in College Station.
On the stat sheet the Roadrunners are led at the top of their lineup by junior Alan Magadan who is 10-5 overall in singles dual match action, but has a sparkling, 10-2, record when playing at either the No. 1 or No. 2 position in the lineup.
The Niners and Roadrunners have met just twice all-time, with both matches coming in the last two seasons and CLT earning victories in both.
Last season when Charlotte traveled to San Antonio, the Green & White narrowly edged the No. 60 Roadrunners, 4-2, behind three dominant straight-set victories in singles and a match-clinching three-set effort from grad student, Thomas Brown on court one.
THE JHONNY ACOSTA SHOW
After being held out of the singles lineup for the first 11 matches of the year, grad transfer Jhonny Acosta has earned three-set victories in each of his last two singles contests to help CLT earn a pair of tight victories.
Against Davidson last Saturday, Acosta’s win on court five evened the score at, 3-3, before senior Abhimanyu Vannemreddy clinched match point in dramatic fashion. On Friday, the Ita, Paraguay native clinched the match at, 4-1, with a come-from-behind victory on court six.
Charlotte will take six days off, before heading north to New Jersey to take on Princeton on Saturday morning. First serve from the Lenz Tennis Center is slated for 10 a.m. ET.