BOILING SPRINGS – Ross Gilbert continued to play well during a fine freshman season, but Gardner-Webb fell to Charlotte in a tight, 4-3, match Saturday afternoon at home.
"Winning is why we do this, but we are improving so I do expect us to get back in the win column as a team very soon," said head coach Mike Griffith. "I was glad to see Paul Hogan fight for a win and Ross Gilbert finished his week with a 5-1 record."
The 49ers took the doubles point, taking wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles by scores of 6-4 and 6-3 respectively. A. Garcia Moreno and Oriol Puig Forne took the win at No. 2 doubles (6-4) and Max Benaim and Josh Aubrey took the win at No. 3.
Charlotte pushed its lead to 2-0 with a win at No. 5 singles, but Gilbert stemmed the tide with a dominant victory at No. 6 singles – taking a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Jensen Martin to trim the 49ers' lead to one team point.
A win at No. 4 singles put Charlotte back in control, but Maximilian Scholl cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles to get Gardner-Webb closer.
The 49ers clinched the win at No. 3 singles, getting a 6-2, 6-1 win from Moreno for its fourth team point.
Veteran Paul Hogan worked his way to a hard-fought win at No. 2 singles in the final match to finish Saturday, beating Leonardo Menezez in a 5-6, 6-4, 6-1 battle.
Gardner-Webb is in the midst of a four-match home stand, with its next match set for Sunday, March 12 at 1:00 pm against North Carolina A&T.