IRVING, Texas –
The Charlotte women’s tennis program had two of its players earn All-Conference USA postseason honors, as announced by the league office Friday afternoon. Representing the 49ers on the third-team singles squad were freshman Tai Martin
and junior Macy Vonderschmidt
It marks the first time in program history two players were tabbed to the All-Conference USA Teams in the same season, while it marks the first year since 2013 in which multiple Niners were selected to the postseason all-conference squads when the program still competed in the Atlantic 10.
Martin, a Weston, Florida, native, becomes only the fifth freshman in school history to receive all-league accolades and the first since Vonderschmidt (2014). She entered the program as a highly-ranked recruit and made an immediate impact.
She opened her collegiate career at the No. 1 singles position, a spot she held through eight dual matches before ending the campaign at No. 2. She started the spring season with back-to-back straight set wins and captured five straight-set triumphs overall in dual match play. She grabbed a straight-set No. 2 slot victory in Charlotte’s lone regular-season Conference USA contest versus Marshall March 25. She made a splash during the fall tournament campaign, winning her flight with a 4-0 record at her first collegiate event, the CofC Invitational, on her way to winning the first five matches of her career. She also played at No. 1 doubles with junior Victoria Pahlett
Vonderschmidt, who hails from McKinney, Texas, garners her third-straight All-Conference USA Team plaudit. She is one of only four players in school history to be named to three postseason all-league squads and the only one of the quartet to earn the honors from Conference USA. Only one of other four players, Ana Spivakovsky, started her run like Vonderschmidt as a freshman.
She capped her junior campaign by collecting the lone 49ers’ singles point in the 2016 Conference USA Championships contest versus Louisiana Tech April 21 with a straight-set triumph as the first match to finish. She also was among a winning doubles pair with senior Tyler Baker
in the meeting, helping Charlotte corral the point and 1-0 lead heading into singles action.
Vonderschmidt closed the season by winning each of her last four decisions, including consecutive shutout wins in matches against Lenoir-Rhyne April 10 and at UNC Greensboro April 15. She registered straight-set victories in each of her spring triumphs, including a neutral-site decision versus Creighton March 7 during a Spring break trip to Florida. She joined Baker as the Niners’ winningest doubles tandem.