|Vonderschmidt goes the distance to clinch team win|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Freshman Macy Vonderschmidt used all three sets in her No. 3 singles match, winning the first, and most importantly the third, to lock up a victory for the Charlotte women’s tennis team Wednesday afternoon. The 49ers won the doubles point and then split the six singles contests to pull out a second-straight 4-3 triumph over visiting North Carolina Central at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.
Vonderschmidt, the March 25 Conference USA Athlete of the Week, did not let her second set loss affect her, as she put away Ekaterina Nekrasova without much trouble in picking up the 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 triumph, helping Charlotte (7-11) improve to 7-1 on its home courts this spring.
“I’m proud of the fight and determination we displayed today,” head coach Michaela Gorman said. “We knew North Carolina Central would be a tough opponent, but we showed we can win close matches like this.”
Vonderschmidt’s win came after the 49ers had already picked up two other singles victories, at the No. 1 and No. 4 spots. Fellow rookie Victoria Pahlett earned a 6-4, 6-4 triumph at the top position against Rebecca Wood inching the Niners to a 3-1 advantage at the time.
Junior Natsuko Takayanagi cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Tamara Jeremic in the No. 4 slot, and in the process, became the first Charlotte player to collect double-digit singles wins this year.
The 49ers had started the afternoon by garnering the doubles point, as they posted victories against the North Carolina Central (4-12) pairings at the No. 2 and 3 spots.
Pahlett and Vonderschmidt had little trouble with Aissa Muamba and Mia Ramic at the No. 2 position, tallying the 8-1 triumph, while the No. 3 tandem of sophomores Tyler Baker and Jessica Pérez registered an 8-4 decision over Lynsey Cover and Jeremic.
Charlotte will look to close the regular season with another win, as it plays host to Conference USA opponent East Carolina at 1 p.m. Saturday. Both teams will then travel to Norfolk, Va., next week for the league championships.
Charlotte 4, North Carolina Central 3
No. 1 Victoria Pahlett (CHA) def. Rebecca Wood (NCCU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 Aissa Muamba (NCCU) def. Lisa Grosselius (CHA) 7-6 (8), 4-6, 10-2
No. 3 Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Ekaterina Nekrasova (NCCU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
No. 4 Natsuko Takayanagi (CHA) def. Tamara Jeremic (NCCU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 Mia Ramic (NCCU) def. Jessica Pérez (CHA) 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 Lynsey Cover (NCCU) def. Briana Bodner (CHA) 7-5, 6-2
No. 1 Grosselius/Takayanagi (CHA) vs. Nekrasova/Wood (NCCU) DNF
No. 2 Pahlett/Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Muamba/Ramic (NCCU) 8-1
No. 3 Tyler Baker/Pérez (CHA) def. Cover/Jeremic (NCCU) 8-4