Charlotte, N.C. – The Charlotte 49ers (5-2), who are ranked 70th in this week’s ITA rankings, saw their five-match winning streak end with a tough 4-3 loss at Winthrop (5-4).
“We knew this was going to be a tough road match,” Charlotte coach Billy Boykin said. “We had some opportunities, but were unable to capitalize today. We’ll learn some things from this match and keep working. I give credit to Winthrop for good play at the end.”
Charlotte won two of three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. At number one doubles, Charlotte’s Jack Williams and Alex Calott lost to Winthrop’s Peter Nagovnak and Dylan Comerford, 8-4. At number two doubles, Charlotte’s Kamil Khalil and Jordi Massalle Ferrer, who are ranked 31st in the nation, defeated Winthrop’s Steven Patrick and Juan Pablo Boada, 8-1, for their seventh straight win. At number three singles, Charlotte’s Forrest Edwards and Paul Cisti defeated Winthrop’s Tremayne Mitchell and Corey Decandia, 8-6, for their fifth straight win.
Winthrop won four singles matches; however, two of the wins came hotly contested three sets to claim the overall victory. At number one singles, Charlotte’s Edwards improved to 18-4 on the season after defeating Winthrop’s Yuta Hirokawa, 6-4, 7-5, for his fifth straight win. At number two singles, Charlotte’s Williams lost in three hard fought sets, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2, to Winthrop’s Patrick. At number three singles, Charlotte’s Khalil lost to Winthrop’s Comerford, 7-5, 6-2. At number four singles, Charlotte’s Massalle Ferrer improved to 15-5 on the season with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Winthrop’s Mitchell for his fifth straight win. At number five singles, Charlotte’s Calott lost to Winthrop’s Michael Chen in three hard fought sets, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2. At number six singles, Charlotte’s Cisti lost to Winthrop’s Nagovnak, 7-5, 6-2.
Charlotte begins a four-match home stand when they play former Atlantic 10 Conference rival George Washington at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex, Friday, February 28 at Noon.