SPARTANBURG, S.C. – An early deficit was quickly erased as the Charlotte women’s tennis team won four-straight singles matches to pick up its fifth-consecutive win Saturday, as the 49ers closed regular-season play with a 4-1 triumph at Wofford in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Charlotte (10-9) found itself down 1-0 after doubles play with the Terriers winning the point with decisions at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots.
“We had a great focus in singles after some tough doubles matches,” head coach Michaela Gorman said. “I’m very proud of the way we were able to go out and finish the day, and the regular season, with a win.”
With host Wofford (11-8) on top entering singles action, the Niners turned their attention to the tasks at-hand and used straight sets in each of the contests to move above .500 for the campaign.
Freshman Alexandra Lee evened the score at 1-1 with a 6-0, 6-1 dispatching of Brooke Graham in the No. 6 tilt, followed by sophomore Megan Smith earning a 6-2, 6-2 win against Emily Erickson on the No. 5 court.
The momentum continued to flow on Charlotte’s side with junior Victoria Pahlett adding the third point, a 6-3, 5-2 (ret.) decision against Catherine Martin in the No. 1 position. It marks Pahlett’s second-straight victory in which her opponent was forced to retire due to injury in the second set.
Senior Tyler Baker then clinched the triumph with her team-leading 10th dual-match win of the spring, handing Mareli Sanchez a 6-2, 6-2 setback.
Freshman Tai Martin and junior Macy Vonderschmidt were each leading in their No. 2 and No. 3 contests, respectively, but the matches were left unfinished.
The 49ers will turn their attention to the Conference USA Championships, starting Thursday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with Middle Tennessee serving as the host institution. Charlotte’s seed and opponent will be determined at a later date, once all teams in the league have completed regular-season action.
Charlotte 4, Wofford 1
No. 1 Victoria Pahlett (CHA) def. Catherine Martin (WOF) 6-3, 5-2 (ret.)
No. 2 Tai Martin (CHA) vs. Cassidy Hicks (WOF) 7-5, 1-2 DNF
No. 3 Macy Vonderschmidt (CHA) vs. Taylor Carlson (WOF) 6-2, 5-4 DNF
No. 4 Tyler Baker (CHA) def. Mareli Sanchez (WOF) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 Megan Smith (CHA) def. Emily Erickson (WOF) 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 Alexandra Lee (CHA) def. Brooke Graham (WOF) 6-0, 6-1
No. 1 Martin/Pahlett (CHA) vs. Hicks/Kalli Karas (WOF) 3-2 DNF
No. 2 Lauren Reid/Samantha Russell (WOF) def. Smith/Sierra Stone (CHA) 6-1
No. 3 Carlson/Martin (WOF) def. Baker/Vonderschmidt (CHA) 6-2