Niners add Stone as transfer to bolster lineup
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 06/18/2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte head women’s tennis coach Michaela Gorman has announced the addition of Sierra Stone as an incoming transfer to her program starting with the 2014-15 season. Stone, who began and played her initial collegiate campaign at Illinois State last year, will have three seasons of eligibility remaining and be able to play for the 49ers starting this fall.

“We are excited to add Sierra to our team,” Gorman said. “She had a great junior tennis career and first year at Illinois State, and we look for her to come in and have an immediate impact on our program.”

Stone, a Shadyside, Ohio, product, completed her freshman year with the Redbirds in the Missouri Valley Conference, helping guide the squad to a 10-10 overall record and 2-4 league mark. She finished 8-7 in dual matches, 13-10 overall, in singles play, seeing time in the No. 2 through No. 4 positions. Her 13 overall victories tied for third on the team.

She started the year by capturing her flight consolation title at the season-opening Ball State Invitational in Muncie, Indiana. After dropping the first match of her career, she rebounded to win the next three, including a three-set decision against her opponent from Wright State. Stone then added two victories in her first two contests at the next event, the UNI Invitational in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Her dual match career opened with three triumphs among her first four matches before a hard-fought decision in three sets to her opponent from No. 49 Nebraska on the road. She then rebounded to pick up three-straight decisions and later added a victory that went the distance at Drake in league action while playing at the No. 2 spot.

Stone added six dual match wins in doubles play to give her nine total during the year. She had a four-match win streak teaming with Emmie Marx. The duo finished a stretch with five triumphs during a six-contest stretch early in the spring.

Stone posted two of her three fall doubles wins at the Ball State Invitational, forming a pairing with Phyllis Tigges during her inaugural collegiate event.

Stone graduated from the Ohio Virtual Academy in Maumee, Ohio, and won the USTA National Open doubles in Denver as a senior. Stone also trained at the Nunez Tennis Academy in Miami and earned a consistent ranking in the UTSA Top 40 during her last high school year.

She reached the Level 3 semifinals in Miami her final high school campaign and competed in the ITF Semi-Alt Doubles Clay Court Nationals during her junior year. She also placed in the top 16 at both the USTA National Hard Court and Clay Court championships in the 2012 summer for the U16 division.

Stone joins Fleur Holtkamp (The Hague, The Netherlands) and Megan Smith (Cary) as newcomers to the 2014-15 Charlotte women’s tennis roster.

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