The Niner’s men’s tennis team swept through their weekend matches in dominant fashion, collecting eight singles wins and four doubles wins in their double header vs Presbyterian and Georgia Southern at Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.
In the first match versus Georgia Southern, Luca Keist and Benjamin Wayand lost to Diego Finkelstein and Eddie Landin, 6-2. This was the only doubles win Georgia Southern would earn. The Niners won the final two of the three doubles matches to give the Niners the doubles points. Sam Rice and Constandinos Christoforou won 6-4 over Stefano Di Aloy and Artemie Amari. They were followed up by another Niner victory from Oriol Puig Forne and Leonardo Menezes, the pair defeated Murphy McCullough and Santiago Suarez, 6-3.
Charlotte secured the overall victory after winning five of the six singles matches. Keist set the tone for Charlotte winning the first singles match 6-3, 6-4 over Di Aloy. Georgia Southern’s Landin was the only member of his team to get a singles match win. Landin won over Christoforou in three sets, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3. Wayand for Charlotte won 7-6, 6-2 over Amari in the third single.
Puig Forne kept the win streak alive after battling out three sets with Finkelstein, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6. The number five singles match was won 6-4, 6-4, two close sets won by Charlotte’s Menezes over Pascal Wagemaker. Scotty Cameron for Charlotte won the sixth and final single over Southern’s Suarez, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0.
Charlotte defeated Presbyterian in the doubles matches to once again gain the doubles points.
The first match was lead off by Charlotte’s Keis and Wayand who won the match 6-4 over Alexander Lykou and Brandon Mills. Charlotte’s Rice and Christoforou defeated Jaime Castillo-Lope and Alejandro Bejar, 6-4 in the second doubles match to secure the Charlotte win. The number three doubles, was the only singles match win for Presbyterian. Will Baird and Daniel Stenger beat Puig Forne and Menezes, 6-3.
The singles matches against Presbyterian were the hardest the Niners were pushed in the whole day of tennis. They split the singles matches 3-3. Keist for Charlotte struck first against Presbyterian’s Lykou with a 7-6, 6-4 win. The number two single belonged to Presbyterian after Mills defeated Christoforou, 6-2, 6-3. Number three singles, was won by Charlotte’s Wayand 6-4, 7-6 over Bejar.
The fourth singles match was the only match to go to three sets. Presbyterian’s Lopez went the distance to come out with the win over Puig Forne, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4. Stenger gained back to back set wins for Presbyterian after defeating Menezes, 7-6, 6-4 over Charlotte in the fifth singles match. The sixth and final match tied the sets after Cameron for Charlotte ended the day with a win over Baird, 6-1, 6-2.
Charlotte hits the road to take on Penn in Philadelphia next Saturday, March 3rd.