Charlotte 49ers (3-2) defeated the Clemson Tigers(1-1) at Lifetime Fitness in South Charlotte. Niners took four singles matches to win 4-3, including a nail-biting win from Benjamin Wayand.
Clemson showed up for the doubles matches where they won two point behind two duos: Alex Favrot and Simon Baudry as well as Sam Edwards and Yizhou Liu. Favrot and Baudry defeated Charlotte’s Wayand and Sam Rice 6-2 in the first double. Liu and Edwards won the second 6-3 against Charlotte’s Luca Kesit and Constandinos Christoforou. The third double was stopped 5-4 with Charlotte’s Alejandro Garcia Moreno and Oriol Puig Forne leading Clemson’s Carlos Keladidis and Mashal Dagostine 5-4.
The 49ers took four single’s wins after being bested by Clemson in most of the doubles matches to get the win overall. The number six singles belonged to Puig Forne who earned his third straight singles win over Clemson’s Dagostine, 6-1, 6-1. Clemson showed its fight in the fifth single where Liu defeated Charlotte’s Leonardo Menezes 6-2, 6-2. Charlotte’s Keiss also got his third straight win in single number one with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Clemson’s Favrot who is ranked 47th in ITA singles rankings.
Number three singles were also won by Charlotte. Chrisoforou joined other members of his team to have a three-match streak with a win over Clemson’s Edwards 6-2, 6-4. Charlotte’s Garcia Moreno could not come out on top versus Clemson’s Baudry. Baudry, the 91st ranked ITA singles competitor, was taken three matches by Moreno with the final count being 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, in favor of Clemson’s Baudry. The number four singles match was the highlight of the afternoon when Charlotte’s Wayand played a in a long match where the final point was the biggest battle but was able to cap off the match with a win over Clemson’s Kelaidis to solidify the overall win for the Niners.
The Niners return to the court with two matches at Lifetime Fitness next Saturday, January 27. The first against UNC Asheville at 10 a.m. and finish off the day versus South Carolina State at 6 p.m.