Charlotte men's tennis won the first of two conference matches scheduled this weekend in a 7-0 sweep of St. Bonaventure Saturday morning in Blacksburg, Va. The win gives Charlotte a 9-3 mark, 1-0 in Atlantic 10 play. St. Bonaventure slips to 1-6 on the season, 0-2 in league matches. The nine wins are the most for the Niners since a 12-12 season in 2009.
The 49ers won two of the three doubles matches to capture doubles point before the sweep in the six singles matches. Junior Krzysztof Kwasniewicz (Wroclaw, Poland) and freshman Kamil Khalil (Moscow, Russia) teamed up at number two for an 8-2 win to start the day. Charlotte got the team point with a win at number three, where senior Anthony Davison (Derby, England) and freshman Paul Cisti (Arcachon, France) won 8-6. Cisti and Davison are tied for the team lead with five doubles wins.
In singles, the Niners secured straight-sets wins in all but one match. Freshman Jack Williams (Alpharetta, Ga.) took a 6-3, 6-2 win at number one, with Khalil taking a 6-3, 6-1 at number two. Khalil has won his last six singles matches.
The Niners scored identical 6-2, 6-3 victories at four (Cisti) and five (Davison). Freshman Nate Shanok (Boca Raton, Fla.) won 6-2, 6-0 at number six. Cisti and Shanok are tied for the second-most singles victories this season with 11.
The lone match of the day came at number three, where freshman Alex Calott (Charlotte, N.C. / Ardrey Kell HS) dropped the first set 6-3, but rallied to win 7-6 (1) in the second and 10-6 in a superset tiebreaker. Calott is tied with Williams for the team lead with 12 singles victories.
The 49ers now head across the state of Virginia to Richmond, to take on another conference foe, Saint Joseph's, in a neutral-site contest on Sunday at 11 a.m.