|Men's Tennis Wins First Conference Match, 6-1 over Duquesne|
The Charlotte 49ers captured their first conference win of the season in men's tennis, 6-1 over Duquesne as the teams met on neutral courts in Radford, Va. on Friday afternoon. Charlotte is 4-13 on the season, 1-2 in A-10 matches. Duquesne drops to 4-7, 1-3 in the A-10.
"We played with tremendous intensity today, said Charlotte head coach Billy Boykin. "Our doubles play was very strong from the get-go. After capturing the doubles point, we kept our energy up in the singles play and fought hard from top-to-bottom."
Charlotte started by taking their fifth doubles point of the season. Charles Martin-Lecamp and Moritz Bernhoerster won 8-3 at the top spot in the line-up, while the number-two senior pairing of Michael Anders and Chris Huynh won 8-6.
Martin-Lecamp and Bernhoerster have an even 3-3 mark at number one this season, improving their overall total to 10-6 as a tandem. Anders and Huynh have won their last three matches together and sit at 4-2 this season.
Charlotte won the top four singles matches, with Duquesne forcing to default at number six because of the lack of healthy players.
Bernhoerster had the shortest singles match of the day, winning 6-3, 6-2 at number three to win his team-leading 11th singles match of the season. He is 11-13 overall and leveled his number-three record to 2-2.
Martin-Lecamp gutted out a win at number one in a third-set superset tiebreaker, 6-4, 5-7, 10-3. He sits at 10-12 overall. He has won all three of his conference singles matches this season.
Anders won in straight sets at number two, needing a first-set tiebreaker to outlast his opponent, 7-6 (6), 6-2. The win was his ninth singles match of the season and his first in conference.
Junior Anthony Davison improved to 5-1 at number four with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win. He has eight singles wins this year, including his last three in a row.
"This was a great team effort and will undoubtedly give us confidence as we prepare for the Atlantic 10 Championships," added Boykin.
The 49ers will stay overnight in Radford and take on Tennessee Tech at 10 a.m. Saturday morning before finishing with their last three matches at home.