For the second straight night, the Charlotte 49ers men's tennis team played late into the night and found a way to victory in a 4-3 decision over the Richmond Spiders in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships. The match was moved out to Belleville, Illinois to the Kings Point Tennis Center due to weather in the Saint Louis area. The sixth-seeded 49ers improve to 7-16 and get into the fifth-place match against the fifth-seed St. Bonaventure, which takes place at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
The match pitted current Charlotte head coach Billy Boykin's current squad against the team he coached for the past two seasons. After dropping the doubles point, the 49ers needed four of the six singles matches to claim victory, which they did.
Richmond captured victory first in singles to take a 2-0 overall match lead before the 49ers won the next two singles matches.
Junior Anthony Davison was the first to win, getting a 6-3, 6-1 win at number four right before sophomore Krzysztof Kwasniewicz took a 6-1, 6-3 victory at number five. Senior Moritz Bernhoerster then won the 49ers third point in a 6-4, 6-2 decision at number three.
With two matches left, Richmond claimed victory in straight sets at number one, putting the match in the hands of freshman Alex Weber at number six. He won in a tight straight-sets result, 6-4, 7-5 to put Charlotte into the fifth-place match.
Bernhoerster tied for the team lead with 13 singles victories, while Davison got to a double-digit win total at 10 victories.