The Cougars (5-2) were playing on their home courts for only the second time this season after traveling on the road for five of their first seven including a two-match road trip to south Florida over spring break. Meanwhile, the 49ers (10-5) dropped only their second match in their last six contests.
CofC swept the doubles point for the fourth time this year as sophomore Brice Allanic (Colombes, France) and sophomore Crescente Lesser (Santiago, Chile) combined for an 8-1 rout of Charlotte's Paul Cisti and Anthony Davison at the No. 3 line followed by senior Tom Delme (Hamoir, Belgium) and freshman Alon Faiman (Israel) over Kamil Khalil and Krzysztof Kwasniewicz, 8-6, at No. 2.
The Cougars' top tandem of senior Mickael Trintignac (Le Cannet, France) and junior Kyle Parker (Richmond, Va.) won a 7-4 tiebreaker en route to a close 9-8 decision at No. 1 to finish out the point.
In singles play, Delme gave up only one game to Charlotte's Alex Calott in a 6-1, 6-0 win at the No. 2 line, while Allanic dispatched Nate Shanok, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 5. Trintignac clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over the 49ers' top player Jack Williams at the top of the order.
Lesser claimed his fifth-straight win, which is currently the best streak on the team, with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Anthony Davison at No. 4 singles.
"Today was a good result for us against a UNC Charlotte team that has a couple of young players that have beaten a few teams in our conference this season," CofC Head Coach Jay Bruner said. "It was a good test for us, especially to see what we would bring after a long road trip to south Miami. I was pleased with how we came out and competed in singles and doubles.
"We tried a couple of new combinations and lineups, even in singles, so it was good for us to get in some of those matches. It was great to have some success against a team that has played a bunch of matches this season and it's always nice to be back home and playing in beautiful weather in Charleston."
CofC will open Southern Conference play on the road at Wofford (1-7, 0-1 SoCon) on Thursday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. (ET) in Spartanburg, S.C.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 6, CHARLOTTE 1
March 11, 2012
CofC Tennis Center
at Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
No. 1 - Mickael Trintignac (CofC) def. Jack Williams (Charlotte), 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 - Tom Delme (CofC) def. Alex Calott (Charlotte) 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 - Paul Cisti (Charlotte) def. Kyle Parker (CofC), 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 4 - Crescente Lesser (CofC) def. Anthony Davison (Charlotte), 6-4, 6-2.
No. 5 - Brice Allanic (CofC) def. Nate Shanok (Charlotte), 6-3, 6-2.
No. 6 - Alon Faiman (CofC) def. Alex Weber (Charlotte), 6-3, 6-3.
No. 1 - Kyle Parker-Mickael Trintignac (CofC) def. Alex Calott-Jack Williams (Charlotte), 9-8 (4).
No. 2 - Tom Delme-Alon Faiman (CofC) def. Kamil Khalil-K. Kwasniewicz (Charlotte), 8-6.
No. 3 - Brice Allanic-Crescente Lesser (CofC) def. Paul Cisti-Anthony Davison (Charlotte), 8-1.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 2, 5, 1*, 4, 5, 6