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The Charlotte 49ers and OrthoCarolina are dedicated to promoting excellence on and off the field.  To honor student-athletes whose accomplishments extend beyond the field of play, we have partnered with OrthoCarolina to present the Student-Athlete of the Week Award.  Each week, we will recognize a student whose contributions have extended beyond athletics into the classroom and the community.  These are the best of Charlotte student-athletes – The OrthoCarolina Student-Athletes of the Week.

Week 36 - Haley Pace

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  • Major: Pre-Accounting
  • Has a cumulative GPA of 4.00
  • Has earned Chancellor’s List honors throughout her collegiate career
  • Has earned Athletic Director’s List honors throughout her collegiate career
  • Has been awarded the C-USA Academic Medal every semester of her collegiate career

Week 35 - Michael Pecchia

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  • Double majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • Named to the Athletic Director’s list for the past three semesters
  • Named to Dean’s list for the past two semesters
  • Finished fifth in the hammer throw at the 49ers Classic

Week 34 - Taylor Carcella

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  • Double majoring in biology and chemistry
  • Has earned Athletic Director’s List honors throughout her college career
  • Has earned Dean’s List honors throughout her college career
  • Is currently a senior and has been accepted to a pharmaceutical school post-graduation

Week 33 - Meredith Harris

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  • Double majoring in Communication Studies and English
  • Cumulative GPA: 4.0
  • Taking a softball mission trip to Guatemala this Summer
  • Earned C-USA commissioners’ list honors Fall of 2015
  • Earned Chancellor’s List honors Fall of 2015
  • Named a Perfect Niner (GPA of 4.0)

Week 32 - Tai Martin

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  • Majoring in Political Science with a minor in English
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.80
  • Named to Athletic Directors list in her first semester of college
  • Named to Chancellors list in her first semester as well
  • Ranked as high as 66th nationally as a recruit
  • One-half of Charlotte's top doubles pair 

 

Week 31 - Jordi Massalle Ferrer

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  • Majoring in Finance
  • Named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team
  • Named first-team All-Conference USA in singles
  • Won 29 matches last year third highest single-season total in school history
  • Named Conference USA Player of the Week this past year

Week 30 - Eddie Hull

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  • Majoring in Business Management with a minor in American Studies
  • Has been named to Athletic Director’s List twice
  • Has been named to C-USA Honor Roll twice
  • Appeared in 22 games last season
  • Primarily appears in a pinch hitter role
  • Hit a .364 in 22 plate appearances last season

Week 29 - Lauren Gulley

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  • Majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in both psychology and public health
  • Has achieved C-USA Honor Roll throughout her collegiate career
  • Has been named to Chancellors list twice during her collegiate career
  • Finished third in the high jump at the C-USA Championships
  • Won the high jump at the 49ers Classic with a jump of 1.68m

Week 28 - Alexis Alexander

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  • Senior co-captain
  • MVP at 2015 GSU Thanksgiving Classic in her hometown of Atlanta
  • Leading scorer and rebounder for the 49ers
  • Conference USA Honor Roll – Fall ‘14
  • Assists with Cabarrus County Boys & Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity among other community service projects
  • Recorded one of only 10 30-plus scoring games in the last 20 season for Charlotte with her career-high 30 vs. Robert Morris in 2015

Week 27 - Reid Aube

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  • Majoring in Engineering with a focus on Construction Management
  • Currently holds a 3.35 GPA overall
  • Earned Athletics Directors list during his tenure here at Charlotte
  • Earned C-USA Honor Roll throughout his collegiate career
  • A local athlete from Concord N.C.

Week 26 - Derek Gallello

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  • Graduated with a degree in accounting and is now pursuing his master’s degree
  • Named to Conference USA’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • Made Dean’s list both his fall and spring semester last year
  • Played in just 15 games in the 2015 season before suffering a season-ending injury
  • Posted five, two-hit games before going down for the remainder of 2015

Week 25 - Bailey Rhoney

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  •  Majoring in Business (Accounting)
  • Has a 3.9 GPA
  • Has made Chancellor's list both semesters of her freshmen year
  • Was named to Conference USA’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • Appeared in 22 games for the Niners as a freshmen
  • Started seven games in the circle as a pitcher
  • Involved in the SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee)

 

Week 24 - Victor Wiggins

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  • Majoring in Business
  • Transferred from Auburn University
  • Named to Conference USA’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • Named 2015 Team MVP
  • Led the team with a 72.68 stroke average
  • Interested in a coaching career after college

Week 23 - K'Vonte Scott

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  • Majoring in Mass Communications
  • Has made his own community 5k
  • He’s a member of the SAAC
  • He frequently volunteers locally
  • Is an All-American athlete in the Decathlon finishing 11th in the nation
  • Is the school record holder for the outdoor Decathlon with a score of 7549
  • Had three top 10 finishes at NCAA tournament last season

Week 22 - Victoria Pahlett

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  • Majoring in International Business
  • Tabbed as a “Perfect Niner” with a 4.0 GPA throughout her college career
  • Named to Chancellor’s list multiple times
  • Owns her own fashion brand
  • An international student from Sweden
  • Opened the fall of 2015 with three-straight singles wins

Week 21 - Cameron Pappas

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  • Majoring in Communications
  • Made Chancellor’s List fall of 2015
  • Achieved a 4.0 GPA in fall of 2015
  • Appeared in 5 games this year
  • Was most recently offered an internship with Northwestern Mutual

Week 20 - Ciara Gregory

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  • Majoring in Psychology
  • Earned a spot on the C-USA Honor Roll in 2014
  • Made Dean's List in both spring as well as fall of 2014
  • Big advocate of community service with the Boys & Girls club of Cabarrus County
  • Is ranked top 10 in career three-pointers made & attempted

Week 19 - Zach Greth

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  • Majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology
  • One of the highest GPAs in Charlotte Athletics boasting a 3.97 GPA
  • Named to the elite six-member C-USA All-Academic Team (second time recipient) and sported the highest GPA in the league
  • Two-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • Two-time C-USA Academic Medal Winner
  • Finished seventh at the Conference USA indoor Championships in the 5000m

Week 18 - Zhuvonte Wilson

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  • Is currently a sophomore
  • Is a native of Charlotte
  • Played in 20 games in 2015
  • Has one of the highest GPA on the 49ers Men’s Soccer team
  • Is a huge advocate of helping the younger generation through soccer clinics and camps
  • Played an integral role in helping the 49ers capture the C-USA regular season title and earn the #10 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Week 17 - Jarred Barr

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  • Majoring in Criminal Justice
  • Earned Athletic Director’s List Honors in Fall 2012 (GPA 3.0+)
  • Earned Dean’s List Honors in Fall 2013 (GPA 3.4+)
  • Named to 2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • Signed as a member of the 49ers first-ever recruiting class
  • Started First three games of the 2014 season

Week 16 - Morgan Richards

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  • Majoring in Marketing
  • Would like to pursue a career in Branding or sports
  • Is one of the Faces of The Belk College of Business
  • Charlotte’s best finisher at the UVa duals to open the season where she finished 4th
  • Finished second in the 1500m at the 49er Classic with a time of 4:36.60

Week 15 - Kaylyn Torain

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  • Majoring in Marketing
  • Both Parents were collegiate athletes
  • Enjoys amusements parks and listening to music
  • First season as a Charlotte 49er                                          
  • Transferred from Georgia State
  • Appeared in 25 matches, making 22 starts

Week 14 - Danny Book

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  • Majoring in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Sociology
  • Joined the team as a walk-on in 2012 but earned scholarship by the start of the 2013 season
  • One of 12 players to start all 11 games during inaugural season
  • One of three players that started all 22 games in program’s first two years
  • Named second team FCS Independent all-Conference by collegesportsmadness.com

Week 13 - Brandt Bronico

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  •  Majoring in Accounting
  • Would like to pursue his CPA after college
  • Played an integral role in helping the 49ers capture the C-USA regular season title and earn the #10 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
  • Was named first-team All-Conference USA and NCCSIA Second-Team All-State
  • Started all 19 games for the 49ers in 2014

Week 12 - Riley Davenport

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  • Majoring in Criminal Justice
  • A big advocate of the First Tee Program at Charlotte
  • Set a new school-record for best finish at the NCAA Championship tying for eighth in a 156-player field
  • All American Honorable Mention
  • Played in 12 tournaments covering 35 rounds
  • Shot a career best 68 in 2015 C-USA Championship First round

Week 11 - Daniel Beamer

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  •  Pre business major
  • A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
  • Named to C-USA All Academic Team
  • Belk College of Business Featured Student
  • Holds a 3.9 GPA
  • Enjoys playing soccer and watching the Big Bang Theory
  • Placed 20th overall at 2015 C-USA Championships, earning Third Team All-Conference
  • Has placed in the Top 30 in every meet this season including 5th overall at the Charlotte Invitational

Week 10 - Morgan Barker #11

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  • Majoring in Biology & minoring in Chemistry
  • Hobbies: drawing, fishing, and swimming
  • Aspires to be a veterinarian post grad
  • Has a GPA above a 3.0
  • For the second straight season, she has played in all 138 sets of all 34 matches only Niner to do so

 Week 9 - Lee McNeill #5

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  • Majoring in Business Management
  • Chancellor’s List in Fall 2014; Spring 2015 with a perfect 4.0 GPA
  • Lee has only made one B in six semesters with five perfect 4.0 GPA’s
  • 2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • Enjoys Hunting and Fishing
  • Part of the 49ers first-ever recruiting class
  • Made first career starts in final three games of 2014 season

Week 8 - Luke Waechter #18

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  • ·         Played an integral role in helping the 49ers capture the Conference USA regular-season title and earn a #10 seed in the NCAA Tournament
  • ·         Helped the team record eight shutouts on the season
  • ·         Started all 19 games for the 49ers

Week 7 - Semen Sen #12

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  • ·         Majoring in International Business
  • ·         Born and raised in Turkey
  • ·         Wants to work for a multinational corporation that does business in both the U.S. and Turkey
  • ·         Has recorded a season-high of 14 kills on two different occasions
  • ·         Hit a career-high .619 

Week 6 - Annika McHenry #1

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  • ·         Majoring in Criminal Justice with a Minor in American Studies
  • ·         Named to 2015 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • ·         Earned Chancellor’s List Honors in Fall 2014 (GPA 3.8+)
  • ·         Earned Dean’s List Honors in Spring 2015 (GPA 3.4+)
  • ·         Very involved with SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee)
  • ·         McHenry has been elected a Senior Captain for the Women’s Soccer Team
  • ·         Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 22,2014)
  • ·         Recorded a Career-best 12 saves against Marshall (October 3rd 2014)

 

Week 5 - Caragh MacDermott

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  • ·         Majoring in Kinesiology
  • ·         Has made Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester of her college Career (GPA 3.0+)
  • ·         Chancellors list Fall 2012, Spring 2013, and Fall 2013 (GPA 3.8+)
  • ·         Competed in the 1500m at 2015 Conference USA Championships  finishing with a time of 5:03.46
  • ·         Competed in the 1500m at the 2015 49ers Classic  finishing with a season-best time of 4:50.27

Week 4 - Larry Ogunjobi #65

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  • ·         Double Major in Computer Science and Biology
  • ·         Earned Dean’s List honors in Fall 2012, and Spring 2013 (3.4 GPA or Higher)
  • ·         2014 Conference USA Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or Higher)
  • ·         Member of SAAC and OAS
  • ·         Full name is Olumide Larry Ogunjobi
  • ·         Parents moved to the US from Nigeria
  • ·         Holds 49ers records for single-season and career sacks (5.0;7.5)
  • ·         One of three players that has started all 22 games

Week 3 - Thomas Rowland

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  • ·         Majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology
  • ·         Hometown Consett, England
  • ·         Named to Conference USA’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • ·         Earned Dean’s List Honors in Spring 2015 (GPA 3.4+)
  • ·         2015 NCAA Chapel Hill Region Team Champs
  • ·         Medalist in 2015 Davidson Invitational
  • ·         Two-time C-USA Golfer of the week (3/4/15)

Week 2 - Victoria Fubara #30

  • ·         Majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish (Pre-Med Focus)
  • ·         Selected as a 2015 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar First Team Honoree
  • ·         Garnered All-Conference USA All-Academic Second Team Accolades
  • ·         Saw Action in fourteen games
  • ·         Recorded shots in back-to-back games in which she played
  • ·         Posted two assists for her only points

Week 1 - Jamal Covington #73

  • ·         Double Major in Geography and Environmental Studies
  • ·         Earned Athletic Director’s List Honors in Spring 2013
  • ·         President of the SAAC
  • ·         SGA student-athlete  representative
  • ·         Plays the alto saxophone
  • ·         Signed with the 49ers on Feb. 1, 2012
  • ·         A member of the Charlotte 49ers first recruiting class.
  • ·         One of 12 players to start every game during the inaugural season
  • ·         Named Second-Team FCS Independent all-Conference by collegesportsmadness.com