Sofia Anthony

Junior tennis player Sofia Anthony.

Head coach Tom Morris and East Carolina University women’s tennis team showed improvement in their doubles matches at the Charlotte Invite hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The top the duos in doubles went 2-1 for ECU. Freshmen tennis players Hanna Axelsson and Sibel Tanik gained their first win against Long Island University pair of freshmen tennis players Bianca Compuesto and Elinor Storkraas, finishing the match 7-5. After losing their second match to Charleston Southern University (6-7), Axelsson and Tanik went on to win their final match versus the hosting team of UNCC (6-3). These victories pushed the duos record to 5-1 together.

Sophomore tennis player Michelle Ncube and senior tennis player Nastja Rettich lost their first match of the tournament against Princeton University (5-7). They then came back to win their remaining matches against Charleston Southern (6-1) and Charlotte (6-4).

In a similar fashion, junior tennis player Ho Chiao Hsia and sophomore tennis player Minette Van Vreden lost their first match against Princeton (4-6) and went on to win against both Charleston Southern (6-2) and the 49ers (6-4). This brought their record for the season up to 5-3.

“I saw improvement in this event compared to our first tournament," Morris said in a press release. "Our team fought hard, and responded well throughout this tournament."

Although Rettich, Tanik and Axelsson all gained one singles win a piece, Ncube and Hsia were the top players in singles for the Pirates. Ncube went 2-1, defeating opponents from Charleston Southern (6-1, 6-1) and LIU (3-6, 6-3, 10-8). Hsia also finished the tournament 2-1, winning her matches against Charleston (7-6, 6-3) and LIU (6-3, 7-6).

ECU will return to the courts on Oct. 24 for the beginning of the ITA Carolina regional. The tournament will be held in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

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