The Charlotte 49ers returned home and reigned supreme over A-10 foe Dayton, Thursday, March 24. Charlotte hardly needed two hours to sweep the Flyers on the beautiful afternoon but according to head coach Michaela Gorman, it was their hard work in practice that paid off.
“We’ve been working really hard this week,” Gorman said. “We’ve been practicing a little bit extra to make sure we’re ready to go when things get tight and in big pressure situations. And today, we did that.”
The 49ers freshman tandem as well as the Baker/Vonderschmidt duo claimed victory in doubles which pushed Charlotte into a prosperous singles battle. Victoria Pahlett, Alexandra Lee and Megan Smith each secured a win in their respective match-ups which helped finalize Charlotte’s fate.
Charlotte 4, Dayton 0
No. 1 Victoria Pahlett (CHA) def. Marlys Bridgham (DAY) 6-4, 6-3
No. 2 Tai Martin (CHA) vs. Mattea Kilstofte (DAY) DNF
No. 3 Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) vs. Jade Kawamoto (DAY) DNF
No. 4 Tyler Baker (CHA) vs. Mandy Marchant (DAY) DNF
No. 5 Alexandra Lee (CHA) def. Jackie Kawamoto (DAY) 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 Megan Smith (CHA) def. Kristina Benjamin (DAY) 6-0, 6-1
No. 1 Martin/Pahlett (CHA) def. Bridgham/Kilstofte (DAY) 6-2
No. 2 Smith/Sierra Stone (CHA) vs. Jade Kawamoto/Marchant (DAY) DNF
No. 3 Baker/Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Benjamin/Claire Herdina (DAY) 6-1
Charlotte’s momentum from their win over Dayton didn’t carry into their matchup with Marshall, Friday, March 25. While the 49ers lone freshman claimed two points, the team dropped a 5-2 decision.
Although Charlotte left Charleston, S.C. with only two wins, Gorman said she was, “very proud of the team fight today.”
Sierra Stone was the only 49er to force a third set but ultimately fell to her opponent after an extended tiebreaker 6-2, 3-6, 14-12.
The 49ers will return to action after the holiday break when they welcome East Carolina to Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex, Thursday, March 31 at 2 p.m.
Marshall 5, Charlotte 2
No. 1 Derya Turhan (MAR) def. Victoria Pahlett (CHA) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Tai Martin (CHA) def. Rachael Morales (MAR) 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 Anna Pomyatinskaya (MAR) def. Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 Maddie Silver (MAR) def. Tyler Baker (CHA) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 Marija Bogicevic (MAR) def. Sierra Stone (CHA) 6-2, 3-6, 14-12
No. 6 Alexandra Lee (CHA) def. Anne Gulsrud (MAR) 7-5, 6-2
No. 1 Pomyatinskaya/Turhan (MAR) def. Martin/Pahlett (CHA) 6-2
No. 2 Morales/Silver (MAR) def. Megan Smith/Stone (CHA) 6-2
No. 3 Baker/Vonderschmidt (CHA) def. Bogicevic/Gulsrud (MAR) 7-5