Charlotte, N.C. – The Charlotte 49ers (7-3) defeated Mercer (3-12), 5-2, for their seventh win in their last eight home matches.
"I thought we responded very well after losing the doubles point today,” Charlotte coach Billy Boykin said. “Our guys came out in the singles with a lot of energy and set a pretty high standard of play early in about every match. We did a good job of keeping our focus today and were able to convert leads into wins through high percentage play."
Mercer won two of the three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. At number one doubles, Charlotte’s Jack Williams and Alex Calott lost to Mercer’s Oliver Snaider and Austin Emmet, 8-7, in a tough tiebreaker which clinched the doubles point for Mercer. At number two doubles, Charlotte’s Kamil Khalil and Jordi Massalle Ferrer, the 31st ranked doubles team in the nation, improved to 9-1 on the season with an 8-4 win over Mercer’s Arnav Mohanty and Arsav Mohanty. At number three doubles, Charlotte’s Paul Cisti and Francis Pare lost to Mercer’s Joao Pagan and Anderson Scarpa, 8-6.
Charlotte won five of the six singles matches to clinch the overall victory. At number one singles, Charlotte’s Khalil played a terrific third set cruising to a 6-1 third set win after splitting the first two sets with Mercer’s Snaider, 6-1, 4-6. Charlotte clinched their second and third point of the match within five minutes of either other with victories at number two and three singles. At number two singles, Charlotte’s Massalle Ferrer defeated Mercer’s Arnav Mohanty, 6-2, 6-3. At number three singles, Charlotte’s Williams defeated Mercer’s Scarpa, 6-3, 6-4. At number four singles, Charlotte’s Calott gave the 49ers their first point of the match with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Mercer’s Emmet. At number five singles, Charlotte’s Cisti won a hard fought match with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Mercer’s Manuel De Luis. At number six singles, Charlotte’s Francis Pare lost to Mercer’s Joao Pagan, 6-2, 6-2.
Charlotte concludes their five-match home stand with a match against Wofford at the Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex, Thursday, March 13 at 2:30 pm.