Niners Earn ITA National Rankings
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 02/25/2014
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Charlotte, NC - The Charlotte 49ers men’s tennis team (5-1) is ranked #70 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Rankings, which marked the 49ers first national ranking since 2001.  

Charlotte is currently in the midst of five-match winning streak with victories over Gardner-Webb, #69 UAB, Belmont Abbey, The Citadel and South Carolina State. The 49ers only loss on the season was a at 19th-ranked Wake Forest.

“Our team has certainly put in a lot of hard work and it’s nice to be recognized,” Charlotte coach Billy Boykin said. “However it’s early in the season and there’s still a lot of tennis to play. This should motivate us to keep working hard.”

Charlotte has not been in the ITA national rankings since beginning the 2002 season ranked 63rd. The 49ers reached the program’s highest ranking of 52nd during the 2001 season.

Forrest Edwards leads the 49ers with 17 singles wins. Jordi Massalle Ferrer and Alex Calott each have 14 wins. Paul Cisti  has nine wins. Jack Williams has eight wins. Kamil Khalil has started the dual match season 4-1.

The doubles duo of Khalil and Jordi Massalle Ferrer, who are 6-0 on the season, are ranked 31st in the latest ITA National Doubles Rankings. Khalil and Massalle Ferrer have earned the highest national doubles ranking in 49ers history. Khalil and Massalle Ferrer have posted doubles wins over teams from nationally-ranked Wake Forest and UAB as well as Belmont Abbey, The Citadel, South Carolina State and Gardner-Webb.

“Kamil and Jordi have good chemistry together on the court and have been playing very well all spring,” Boykin said. “They are talented athletes and I believe that their best tennis is yet to come.”

Khalil, Massalle Ferrer and the rest of the nationally-ranked 49ers men’s tennis team returns to action at Winthrop, Wednesday, February 26 at 2:30 pm.

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