CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Charlotte Men’s Tennis (2-0) will certainly want to proceed its good luck at LifeTime Fitness when the Niners host UNC Asheville on Sunday, January 21 at 12 p.m. noontime.
With the climate and temperature level, the Niners opened their 2024 twin suit period at LifeTime Fitness interior courts recently with victories versus Queens and The Citadel.
Live data will certainly be readily available for both of guys’s tennis matches this weekend break. Live video clip will certainly not be readily available at LifeTime Fitness.
LAST TIME OUT
The Niners downed Queens, 5-2, last Saturday, and after that finished a 7-0 thrashing of The Citadel the following day. Matias Iturbe is blazing a trail at the No. 1 songs place, where he has actually acquired 2 triumphes. Iturbe supplied the increases clinching factor and the suit factor in songs versus Queens. Ivan Dreycopp secured the suit versus Queens, he was among 5 straight-set triumphes for the Niners.
In enhancement to Iturbe, Vasco Prata, Frederic Schlossmann, and Coy Simon are likewise 2-0 in songs competitors. Prata and Schlossmann have actually teamed with each other on court 2 for a set of victories.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
This is the springtime opener for UNC Asheville after taking part in 4 occasions in the autumn, consisting of the Charlotte Fall Invitational. In the Niners’ home occasion back in September, Charlotte went 6-1 versus the Bulldogs, that included 4 straight-set triumphes in songs competitors.
Head Coach Matt Frost enters his initial springtime project with the Bulldogs and he returns just about one gamer from last period’s 9-10 team. 2023 First Team All-Big South Singles option Sam Nicholson and 2023 Second Team All-Big South Doubles set Jon Brann Reid and Rafa Serra highlight the returners as UNC Asheville was forecasted to complete 3rd in the five-team Big South. Nicholson gained the honors after leading the group with 14 songs triumphes as a fresher in 2022-23. Reid and Serra collaborated to win 8 suits at No. 1 last period.
Frost got here to UNC Asheville after investing 2 periods forming Division II Tusculum University Women’s and Men’s Tennis right into nationally-ranked programs.
Charlotte is 6-1 all-time versus UNC Asheville. The Niners have actually won the last 6 competitions in between both colleges after going down the first-ever conference versus the Bulldogs. The last time these 2 colleges took on was a 6-1 triumph for the Niners on February 18, 2023 in Asheville, N.C. Last period, Coy Simon, Matias Iturbe, and Ivan Dreycopp all taped triumphes as the Niners took songs courts one with 5.
The first-ever conference got on March 4, 2011, which the Bulldogs won 5-1. Krzysztof Kwasniewicz provided Charlotte a factor at the No. 5 songs port.
CHARLOTTE PREPARED FOR THE SPRING
The 23-match springtime routine is highlighted by the 5 2023 NCAA Tournament individuals, 6 fellow American Athletic Conference programs, and 8 groups placed in the leading 75 of last period’s year-end ITA positions. After opening up the slate with 3 suits in Charlotte, the Niners will certainly play 6 straight roadway matches from January 27 to February 11.
The following home stretch is from Feb. 17 to Feb. 25 and it includes South Carolina State, a 2023 NCAA Tournament individual, and Liberty, the ruling 2023 NIT Champions.
Of Charlotte’s last 6 suits, 4 were either placed in the ITA Top 75 or made the NCAA Tournament in 2023. The Niners will certainly obtain 3 of those 4 stout challengers at home. Charlotte hosts Presbyterian on March 29. Heaven Hose went 16-10 last period and received the 2023 NCAA Tournament because of winning the 2023 Big South Championship. 2 days later on, the Niners will certainly hold AAC opponent Rice
NINERS INCREASE FIREPOWER
After returning 7 gamers from in 2015 and including Spencer Gray from Auburn in the autumn, the Niners have actually brought also much more ability to the Queen City. Grad transfer Alex Richards gets here from Wichita State as a promoted increases gamer and junior Frederic Schlossmann from Austin Peay.
Richards played 4 periods with the Shockers and taped a general document of 42-31 in increases competitors, consisting of 29 victories at the No. 1 port. He placed as high as No. 49 in the ITA nationwide dual positions. Richards progressed to the increases quarterfinals of the ITA Central Region Championships two times in the autumn of 2021 and 2022.
Schlossmann was a two-time all-conference option with the Governors. For his student period in 2021-22, Schlossmann solely inhabited the No. 1 songs and No. 1 increases areas and was called a first-team All-Ohio Valley option after leading Austin Peay with 8 increases triumphes and 6 songs wins in the springtime.
The Niners played in 5 occasions in the 2023-24 autumn period, assembling a 48-34 mark in songs competitors and a 22-11 document in increases play. In the last event of the autumn, the Wake Forest Invitational, Ivan Dreycopp beat an across the country placed gamer, a preseason top-75 gamer from Princeton. In the very same occasion, Matias Iturbe went 4-0 to assert the B1 songs trip title.
Brett Gloria locates himself placed amongst the top-125 gamers after an ideal 6-0 autumn. He is placed 117th in one of the most current (Nov. 15) ITA Singles’ Ranking. Iturbe completed the autumn with a team-high 11 songs triumphes (11-3 document) and a team-high 9 increases victories (9-3). Ivan Dreycopp was 8-3 in increases play in the autumn.
LAST SEASON’S YOUTH, THIS SEASON’S STRENGTH
In 2022-23, this Niners team included 3 freshers, 2 students, and an elderly starting a 25-match Spring routine that consisted of 6 Power Five adversaries and 10 placed challengers. 4 Niners made their college twin suit debuts last period. Currently entering this period, 7 gamers return from in 2015’s 9-14 team that experienced the program’s first-ever look at ITA Kickoff Weekend and beat NCAA Tournament enthusiastic, Texas Tech, 4-3. In the suit versus the Red Raiders, then-sophomores Simon and Prata grabbed triumphes at No. 1 and No. 2 songs, while then-freshmen Iturbe and Dreycopp taped victories at No. 4 and No. 5 songs, specifically. All 4 of those gamers are returning.
The 2023-24 variation of the 49ers are likewise reinforced by a healthy and balanced Prata, that missed out on most of the 2023 springtime period as a result of a hand injury. With Prata ( 17-5 in twin suit play as a fresher) wounded, Charlotte was left without its No. 2 songs gamer and eliminated its finest increases set last period.
A NEW CONFERENCE, A NEW ERA
Charlotte’s Men’s Tennis is currently a participant of the American Athletic Conference and the 2023-24 period will certainly be the Niners’ initial period in the AAC after 10 periods busy USA. The program was formerly apart of C-USA from 1995 to 2005 prior to belonging to the Atlantic-10 from 2006 to 2013.
The brand-new objective for the Green & White will certainly be to bring an AAC Championship back to the Queen City. With Bailey at the helm, Charlotte has actually made 3 Conference USA Tournament looks, consisting of the opening night in the Conference USA championship in program background. The Niners’ single meeting event title came when they won 3 video games in 3 days at the 2007 Atlantic 10 Tournament, which progressed Charlotte to the NCAA Tournament for the very first time in background.
After opening up the springtime period with 3 straight home suits, Charlotte will certainly travel to Blacksburg, Va. to play Virginia Tech and Radford in a set of competitions following Sunday, January 28.