|49ers Fall To #45 UNC Wilmington On The Road|
Wilmington, N.C. – Jordi Massalle Ferrer won both his singles and doubles matches, however, the Charlotte 49ers (11-6) lost on the road to 45th-ranked UNC Wilmington (13-6), 5-2.
“This was a tough loss, but I’m proud of our effort,” Charlotte coach Billy Boykin said. “We went toe-to-toe with them for nearly five hours and had a number of chances to put the match away, but just couldn’t quite shut the door. Credit to Wilmington for showing resistance and playing gutsy tennis at some key stages of the match – they’re a great team. Our group will learn from this match and it’ll motivate us going forward.”
Charlotte won two of the three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. At number one doubles, Charlotte’s Massalle Ferrer and Kamil Khalil improved to 13-1 on the season with an 8-7 win over UNC Wilmington’s Pedro Mil and Kaue Pereira, who are the 88th-ranked doubles team in the nation. The 49ers win at number one doubles clinched the doubles point for the 49ers. At number two doubles, Charlotte’s Forrest Edwards and Jack Williams lost to UNC Wilmington’s Rafael Aita and Sam Williams, 8-4. At number three doubles, Charlotte’s Alex Calott and Paul Cisti defeated UNC Wilmington’s Christian Van der Burgh and Matt Kealy, 8-6.
UNC Wilmington won five singles matches to claim the victory. However, the 49ers forced four three set matches and served for the match at number four and five singles. At number one singles, Charlotte’s Edwards lost to UNC Wilmington’s Aita, who is the 47th-ranked player in the nation, in three hard fought sets, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1. At number two singles, Charlotte’s Khalil lost to UNC Wilmington’s Mol in three hard fought sets, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. At number three singles, Charlotte’s Massalle Ferrer won his 19th match of the season with a 6-1, 6-4 win over UNC Wilmington’s Williams. At number four singles, Charlotte’s Calott lost to UNC Wilmington’s Pereira in three hotly contested sets, 5-7, 7-5, 7-5. At number five singles, Charlotte’s Williams lost on three hard fought sets to UNC Wilmington’s Santuu Leskinen, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. At number six singles, Charlotte’s Cisti saw his seven match winning streak end with a 7-6, 6-0 loss to UNC Wilmington’s Van der Burgh.
Charlotte plays Lenoir-Rhyne in their final regular-season match, Sunday, April 13 at 12 pm at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.