|Charlotte caps road slate with in-state trip|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s tennis team will step away from the Queen City for the final time in the regular season Wednesday, when it hits the road to face UNC Greensboro in Greensboro, N.C., at 2:30 p.m. The 49ers are slated to welcome three teams to town to close the regular season in the next 10 days before the Conference USA Championships.
“We’re excited to get out and compete again Wednesday,” head coach Michaela Gorman said. “UNCG is a great team and we are looking forward to a great battle with them during our final road match of the year.”
Charlotte is coming off a 4-0 C-USA loss to Middle Tennessee Friday night at the Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club. The Niners’ defeat was their fourth in five tries and dropped the team’s record to 5-10 overall this spring.
Freshman Macy Vonderschmidt, the March 25 Conference USA Athlete of the Week, continues to lead the squad with seven dual-match singles victories. Juniors Lisa Grosselius and Natsuko Takayanagi are next with six and five, respectively, this spring.
Vonderschmidt also owns a team-high five doubles triumphs, edging out the four by Takayanagi and sophomore Jessica Pérez.
UNC Greensboro knocked off Western Carolina 5-2 Sunday in its most recent outing, improving to 6-9 overall in 2014 under 15th-year head coach Jeff Trivette. UNCG also lost 4-0 to Middle Tennessee during the Blue Raiders’ swing through the Tar Heel State over the weekend.
Including the fall tournament campaign, a trio of Spartans have reached the double-digit singles win plateau led by Yasmin Franco’s 14 victories. Kayla Gammie tops the squad with eight triumphs in dual-match play, seeing time in the middle of the lineup.
Franco also paces the team with a dozen wins in doubles, including a program-best seven in dual matches.
The 49ers own a 15-10 all-time series lead entering Wednesday, though UNC Greensboro has captured the last three meetings. Charlotte’s last victory came during the 2007 campaign when it closed a three-match win streak.
It also marks a return to Greensboro for Gorman, who was a standout player for the Spartans during her collegiate career.