||Sunday, October 04, 1987
Earned highest career preseason ranking of 42nd…Had second place finishes at both the University of Virginia and North Carolina Invitationals...With teammate Karolina Soor, selected as the 14th-ranked preseason doubles team…Competed in the ITA All-American Championships singles and doubles main draw…With Soor, the Herd pair upset bid fell short (8-6) to USC’s No. 2 and second seeded team of Amanda Fink and Gabriela Niculescu in the ITA All-American Championships doubles main draw first round…Schmitt upset North Carolina’s 23rd-ranked Katrina Tsang at North Carolina’s Kitty Harrison Invitational in the Herd’s final tournament of the season…Garnered her fourth career C-USA Player of the Month honor in October…Also with teammate Soor, competed as unattached players at the Dick’s Sporting Good, Inc. 50,000 dollar purse challenge in the women’s USTA Pro Circuit where they defeated No. 221 Madison Brengle (USA) and No. 192 Kimberly Couts (USA)...Was the No. 1 seed in singles and doubles at the East Regional Championships...Currently leading the program in career overall victories and career singles victories.
Led the Herd with an impressive 23-4 record at the number one slot…Finished the season as the nation’s 55th-ranked singles player and No. 3 East Region singles player…For the second consecutive year, named C-USA Player of the Year and selected to C-USA All-Conference First Team…Earned three C-USA Player of the Week honors (1/23, 1/29, and 3/11)…Advanced to the NCAA singles second round with a win over Georgia Tech’s 51st-ranked Whitney McCray but then fell to William and Mary’s 12th-ranked Megan Moulton-Levy… Received the Dot Hicks Award for the Marshall’s Top Female Student-Athlete of the Year…Awarded ITA East Region Player-to-Watch for 2008…With partner Karolina Soor, had an impressive 19-4 doubles finish as the 29th-ranked and No. 2 East Region doubles team…Also with Soor, fell to Duke’s seventh-ranked team of Amanda Granson and Melissa Mang in the NCAA doubles first round…The tandem earned C-USA All-Conference Doubles Team and Doubles Team of the C-USA Championship.
Schmitt ended the singles fall season with 11-4 record with upset victories over Arizona’s No. 24 player, Arkansas’ No. 25, and William and Mary’s No. 46 and 92 ranked players…Schmitt took a hard fought loss in the final round of the ITA All-American Championship qualifier…With doubles partner Karolina Soor, the Herd’s duo defeated Kansas’ No. 36 duo at the ITA All-American Championships…Then the pair defeated Penn’s No. 53 pair before defeating the No. 1 William and Mary doubles team at the ITA East Regional Championships to capture the East Regional title and No. 1 East Regional ranking…Schmitt and Soor stunned the No. 2 seeded and No. 10 nationally-ranked Tennessee duo at the ITA National Indoor Championships but was defeated by the eventual champion Notre Dame, 9-7, in the quarter-finals…Schmitt and Soor finished the fall with the No. 1rank in the East Region...Named C-USA Player of the Month for October.
Schmitt had a remarkable sophomore year playing the number one position…She held a spring record of 18-7 and was invited to play in the NCAA singles tournament but was defeated by Stanford’s Teresa Logar in the first round…Schmitt helped the Herd defeat South Alabama, 5-2, with key victories…Schmitt defeated twelve top-100 players in spring play…She earned two C-USA Player of the Week honors in the month of February…Schmitt also was selected as C-USA First Team All-Conference…Schmitt with teammate Lynzee Kever earned a spot on the C-USA Championship Doubles Team…Schmitt was awarded the C-USA Player of the Year for her impressive season…She ended the season ranked 73rd but was as high as 18th as well as fourth in the East and seventh in doubles with Kever.
Schmitt became the first Marshall tennis player to obtain several accomplishments in an already storied program...During Schmitt’s spring season, she boasted the best record of any Herd player with a 20-4 total, not only was she the only player with 20 wins, she and doubles partner Lynzee Kever ended the season ranked No. 60 with a 19-4 record...The duo was named Doubles Team of the C-USA Championships and were invited to compete in the NCAA’s Doubles Championships at Stanford losing to UCLA in the Round of 32.....In doubles, they were ranked 34th by the ITA and competed in the ITA’s All-American and East Regional Championships...The duo finished the fall with a 12-4 record...Schmitt took C-USA Tennis Athlete of the Week for the weeks of Feb. 22 and April 4...In the fall season of 2006, Schmitt swept the C-USA Tennis Athlete of the Month earning the honor for September and October…Earning the award in September was a first in Marshall history and sweeping the awards for September and October was a C-USA first...In the fall preseason, Schmitt was ranked No. 110 in singles and No. 34 in doubles...The sophomore defeated eight different ranked players with wins over the No. 7, 32, 37, 54, 55, 65, 69 and 78 ranked players while having a 17-5 singles record...Schmitt advanced farther than any player in Marshall history at the ITA All-American, advancing from the pre-qualifier to the main draw...Schmitt advanced to the semifinals of the ITA East Regional, another first by a Herd singles competitor...She also won the Wake Forest Fall Invite and won the William and Mary’s Flight A back draw...In doubles, she along with partner Kever defeated two ranked opponents (No. 35 Maryland and 54 Sacramento State) while boasting a 10-3 record.
Schmitt had a breakout fall for the Thundering Herd as the freshman went on to a 7-5 singles record and was 6-5 in doubles…Schmitt’s biggest fall highlight was her run at the ITA East Regional Championship where she made it all the way to the quarterfinals…For her outstanding play, Schmitt earned an ITA East Region ranking of No. 11 in singles…The No 11 ranking is the highest for a Marshall player in the ITA East Region since Jessica Johnson was No. 8 after the fall of 2003…Schmitt was also 6-5 in doubles during the fall.
Prior to Marshall
Kellie comes to Marshall after playing in her freshman and sophomore seasons at Bethel Park...In her freshman season, Schmitt was a section AAA champ…She finished third in the WPIAL and played in the Pennsylvania State Tournament...In her sophomore year, she was a section AAA champ, WPIAL champion and made it to the quarterfinals of the Pa. State Tournament...She was also named Almanac MVP Tennis Player of the Year.
Kellie is the daughter of John and Holly Schmitt...Her major is sports management and marketing.