Charlotte men's tennis won the doubles point and the top four singles matches to secure a 5-2 win at Presbyterian Tuesday afternoon at the Templeton Tennis Center. Charlotte improves to 8-3 on the season, with the three losses all coming on the road at nationally ranked opponents.
The 49ers got into a couple of tough doubles matches at the top two spots, with the winner needing a ninth game to secure the match. The number-two pairing of freshman Kamil Khalil (Moscow, Russia) and junior Krzysztof Kwasniewicz (Wroclaw, Poland) won their 9-7 battle, which the top pair of Jack Williams (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Alex Calott (Charlotte, N.C. / Ardrey Kell HS) fell by that margin.
The number-three doubles team of freshman Paul Cisti (Arcachon, France) and senior Anthony Davison (Derby, England) had already taken their match 8-3 to give Charlotte a 1-0 team lead in the match heading into singles play. Cisti and Davison are 4-3 p[laying together this season.
"We were flat out of the gate in doubles play, but we didn't panic and rallied to capture the point," said Charlotte head coach Billy Boykin. "We took that momentum from the doubles action into singles. Paul Cisti played outstanding in both singles and doubles. He celebrated his birthday yesterday, but gifted us with some strong play today."
The 49ers took straight sets victories at one and four, with Williams winning 6-4, 6-4 and Cisti recording a 6-1, 6-4 victory.
The matches at two, three and five all went to a third set, as Khalil split a pair of 6-4 sets at number two, only to grab his fifth straight singles win 6-3 in the third. Calott claimed a win at number three 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 as the Niners won the match.
Calott and Williams lead the team with 11 singles victories each, with Cisti one win behind at 10. Khalil is 5-1 in singles this season, joining Charlotte in time for the spring semester.
The match was the second of four in a row on the road. The Niners take on their first Atlantic 10 Conference opponents of the season this weekend. Charlotte travels to Blacksburg, Va. to tangle with St. Bonaventure, then across the state to Richmond to face Saint Joseph's, both in neutral-site affairs.