CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte women’s tennis is riding a three-match win streak into its final two regular-season contests, which will be played over the next two days. The 49ers start the stretch at Noon Friday against UNC Greensboro in Greensboro before taking on Wofford at 1 p.m. Saturday in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
“We’re looking forward to getting back on the road this weekend,” head coach Michaela Gorman said. “We’re playing two tough Southern Conference teams so we’ll have to show up ready to compete.
“I’ve been really proud of the way the girls have been practicing and playing these past couple weeks. Coming off the three-straight home wins has been great but we need to go into these matches with a positive attitude and be ready to play.”
The Niners’ three-match win streak, equaling the longest of the spring, lifted the squad’s record to 8-9 through a 7-0 Senior Day triumph over Lenoir-Rhyne Sunday. Each of the three victories came at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex, where the team finished 5-3 in 2016.
Charlotte included wins against Campbell and Davidson during the home schedule-ending span, rallying to top to the Camels and dominating much of the action against the Wildcats.
Senior Tyler Baker owns a team-high 17 singles triumphs, including the fall tournament campaign. Her eight in dual match action edges the seven posted by freshman Alexandra Lee and junior Victoria Pahlett. Freshman Tai Martin has added six, providing the 49ers with solid depth throughout the lineup.
Baker’s 11 overall doubles victories tie her with junior Macy Vonderschmidt for the most on the squad. In dual matches, Vonderschmidt holds a slim 9-to-8 advantage in wins over her captain.
UNC Greensboro, Gorman’s alma mater, owns an 8-11 record entering Friday’s meeting after dropping a 5-2 decision at Wofford Sunday. Sarah Swiderski and Masey DeMoss have registered team-leading 10 and nine singles triumphs, respectively. DeMoss’ six doubles wins are the most by any Spartans player.
The Niners are 16-11 all-time against UNC Greensboro after grabbing a 4-3 triumph in the last meeting, March 30, 2015, in the Queen City. Each of the first three contests the two programs played once Gorman became Charlotte’s head coach in 2004 went in the 49ers’ favor.
Wofford boasts a 10-7 mark but will play host to Mercer Friday before welcoming Charlotte to town. Three different Terriers have collected 10 singles victories – Cassidy Hicks, Kalli Karas and Lauren Reid. Samantha Russell leads the team with nine doubles wins.
The 49ers have won the last three times against Wofford, including a 6-1 triumph March 10, 2015, in the Queen City to set the tone in the all-time series, 10-8. Saturday’s contest is a rescheduled match from when the two teams had to postpone the original Feb. 24 date due to inclement weather.