ELON, N.C. – The Elon women’s tennis won its home opener on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 21, at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center, topping previously unbeaten Charlotte, 5-2.
The 43rd-ranked doubles team of Jordan Johnston and Frida Jansaker saw its perfect record fall to the wayside, as the duo dropped an 8-6 decision to Alexandra Zinn and Andrea Rivera. The 49ers claimed the doubles point over the Phoenix to take a 1-0 match lead.
But Elon responded in singles play, as Johnston rebounded after a first-set loss to Zinn to take the second and third set, 6-1 and 6-2.
Barbora Lazarova came up big for the Phoenix, as her 7-5, 6-2 win over Natsuko Takayanagi proved to be the match-clinching point for Elon.
Viviana Stavreva helped the Phoenix to another singles point earlier in the match, claiming a three-set win over Lisa Grosselius, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7).
Jansaker and Maria Camara Ruiz both won their singles matches over the 49ers, topping Anna Ekelund and Iveta Gueva. Jansaker registered a 6-1, 6-2 victory, while Ruiz on in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
The Phoenix returns to action with a pair of matches on Saturday. Elon hosts Queens at 9:30 a.m. at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center before taking on Winston-Salem State at 2 p.m.
Zinn/Rivera (CHA) def. #43 Johnston/Jansaker (ELON), 8-6
Grosselius/Ekelund (CHA) def. Khoury/Stavreva (ELON), 8-6
Berne/Camara (ELON) def. Nemec/Takayanagi (CHA), 8-1
Johnston (ELON) def. Zinn (CHA), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
Rivera (CHA) def. Khoury (ELON), 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
Lazarova (ELON) def. Takayanagi (CHA), 7-5, 6-2
Stavreva (ELON) def. Grosselius (CHA), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7)
Jansaker (ELON) def. Ekelund (CHA), 6-1, 6-2
Camara (ELON) def. Gueva (CHA), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Elon 5, Charlotte 2
Elon (5-2), Charlotte (7-1)