Charlotte, NC – Behind four singles wins and three doubles wins, the Charlotte 49ers (2-1) defeated Conference USA foe UAB (2-3), 5-0, at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.
"We got off to a good start today in doubles play,” Charlotte coach Billy Boykin said. “We clinched the doubles point with a 9-7 win at number one doubles behind some tough play by Alex (Calott) and Jack (Williams) at the end. We went on to win the final doubles match in a tight tie-breaker and that gave us a lot of momentum going into the singles. We came out firing in singles play and won five first sets. Paul (Cisti), Alex (Calott) and Jordi (Massalle Ferrer) were really tough for us today at four, five and six. We'd been talking all week about what a quality team UAB is and our guys came out prepared to play and to compete hard in every match. On the whole, I thought we played pretty good tennis today, but we still have some things that we'll need to clean up going forward. I'm excited to get the guys back out on the practice courts so we can keep working. This was a good win for us today and I'm happy for the guys."
Charlotte swept the three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. At number one doubles, Charlotte’s Jack Williams and Alex Calott defeated UAB ‘s Donavan McSeveney and Lucas Dirube, 9-7. At number two doubles, Charlotte’s Kamil Khalil and Jordi Massalle Ferrer defeated UAB’s Chris Helliar and Mitchell Martell, 8-4. At number three doubles, Charlotte’s Forrest Edwards and Paul Cisti defeated UAB’s Rafael Rondino and Luiz Felipe Pinto, 8-7.
Charlotte won four singles matches to claim the victory. At number three singles, Charlotte’s Khalil defeated UAB’s Dirube, 6-3, 6-3. At number four singles, Charlotte’s Massalle Ferrer defeated UAB’s McSeveney, 6-2, 6-2. At number five singles, Charlotte’s Calott defeated UAB’s Martell, 6-3, 6-2. At number six singles, Charlotte’s Cisti defeated UAB’s Felipe Pinto, 6-4, 6-1. The matches at number one and two singles were not finished since the 49ers had already won the match. At number one singles, Charlotte’s Edwards was leading UAB’s Helliar, 7-5, 0-1, when the match was stopped. At number two singles, Charlotte’s Williams was losing to UAB’s Rafael Rondino, 4-6, 1-4, when the match was stopped.Charlotte concludes their three-match home stand when they play Wofford at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex, Wednesday, February 12 at 2:30 pm