|UNCW Men School No. 50 Yale, 7-0|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The 72nd-ranked UNCW men's tennis team won for the third time in four outings by blanking No. 50 Yale, 7-0, in only the second meeting between the two schools Thursday at the UNCW courts.
The Seahawks boosted their record to 9-4 and remained unbeaten at home with an unblemished 8-0 mark. The Bulldogs stand 10-3 after having their six-match winning streak halted.
"We knew we would have to play well to beat Yale," said Mait DuBois, UNCW's six-year coach. "They have a very good team. Anytime you beat a top-50 team, it's a big confidence builder and to win on every court is especially gratifying.
"Yale played well in doubles and pushed us more than anyone has at home this year. Once we won the doubles point, we did a good job of using that momentum through singles. I was very pleased with our team's performance today."
In Thursday's match, UNCW got off to a quick start by winning the doubles point in two close matches. The No. 3 team of Santtu Leskinen and Kaue Pereira edged Yale's Martin Svenning and Matt Saiontz, 8-6, and the 18th-ranked No. 1 senior tandem of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider fought off a match point before taking down No. 59 Daniel Hoffman and Marc Powers, 9-7, to clinch the point.
The Seahawks increased the lead to 2-0 when Blank raced past Svenning, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 4 position and sophomore Kaue Pereira hiked the score to 3-0 by blitzing Zach Krumholtz, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 5 singles.
Sophomore Sam Williams then delivered the match clincher at No. 3 singles when the Surrey, England, netter dispatched Hoffman, 6-1, 6-4. The Seahawks have not lost a singles match by their top six players at home this season.
Cooprider, No. 33 Rafael Aita and Zach Hublitz closed out the scoring with singles wins at their respective positions. John Huang helped Yale avoid six straight set victories when he pushed Cooprider into a third set before falling, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, at the top of the lineup.
The Seahawks continue a three-match homestand Saturday with a 2 p.m. match against Illinois State.