Charlotte, N.C. – The Charlotte 49ers (6-3) won seven matches to claim a 6-1 win over Duquesne (8-3) at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.
"This was a really tight match,” Charlotte coach Billy Boykin said. “We ended up with six out of seven points on the board, but we could just as easily have come up short out there today. Duquesne is a dangerous and tough-minded team. They have a nice blend of talent and experience in their lineup and a great new coach. I was proud of our guys today for competing hard and hanging in there until the end."
The 49ers won two doubles match to claim the doubles point. At number two doubles, Charlotte’s Kamil Khalil and Jordi Massalle Ferrer, who are the 31st ranked doubles team in the nation, clinched the doubles point for the 49ers with an 8-4 win over Duquesne’s Max Rubin and Corey Robinson. Khalil and Massalle Ferrer have won eight of their nine doubles matches this spring. At number three doubles, Charlotte’s Paul Cisti, who hit four clean winners, and Forrest Edwards, who displayed strong play at the net, scored a decisive tie break win with an 8-7 win over Duquesne’s Matt Slamecka and Harry Walshe. At number one doubles, Charlotte’s Jack Williams and Alex Calott had their match with Duquesne’s Pete Carpenter and Alex Aleman stopped since the 49ers had already clinched the doubles point. The match was tied at seven games apiece.
Charlotte won five of the six singles matches to claim the overall victory. At number one singles, Charlotte’s Edwards defeated Duquesne’s Rich Robbie, 6-1, 6-4. Edwards was up 6-1 and 4-0 in the second set when his back tightened up. Robbie battled back to tie the second set at four games apiece before Edwards gutted out wins in the next two games to finish the match. Edwards improved to 19-4 on the season. At number two singles, Charlotte’s Khalil lost to Duquesne’s Carpenter in three hard fought sets, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4. At number three singles, Charlotte’s Massalle Ferrer overcame deficits in both sets to notch a 7-5, 7-5 win over Duquesne’s Aleman. Massalle Ferrer improved to 16-5 on the season. At number four singles, Charlotte’s Williams rallied for a set down and a 4-3 deficit in the second set to defeat Duquesne’s Robinson, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, to clinch the overall victory for the 49ers. Williams ended Robinson’s nine-match winning streak. At number five singles, Charlotte’s Calott rallied from a set down to defeat Duquesne’s Rubin, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. The victory was Calott’s 15th of the season. At number six singles, Charlotte’s Cisti defeated Duquesne’s Mehdi Mekaoui, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5, for his 10th win of the season.
The 49ers return to action tomorrow, Wednesday, March 5 when they play Mercer at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex at 2 pm.