|Seahawks Down ODU In Women's Tennis, 5-2|
NORFOLK, Virginia – The UNCW women’s tennis team opened its conference round robin weekend by knocking off Old Dominion, 5-2, late Friday at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center for the team’s fifth win in the last six matches.
The Seahawks improved to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association by beating the Monarchs for the second straight year. ODU fell to 9-7.
Junior Kelly Cameron and sophomore Miller Hales came up big in doubles to help the Seahawks win the early point. After ODU’s Diana Ivanova and Nikol Hristova raced past Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevich, 8-1, at the top of the lineup, UNCW’s No. 2 tandem of Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie trimmed Juliana Pires and Melissa Esnal Olguin, 8-6. Cameron and Hales then outlasted Ivana Vukovic and Nika Khmolovska, 9-8 (8), to clinch the point and move to 8-4 on the year in doubles.
“Kelly and Miller really showed unbelievable fight and composure,” said Evan Clark, UNCW’s first-year coach. “They were down match point in doubles and found a way to pull it out. Winning the doubles point really changed the match today.”
In singles, the Seahawks took four matches to hike its singles record to 50-29 this spring.
Cameron got things rolling with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Pires at No. 4 singles to give the Seahawks a 2-0 advantage before UNCW senior Christina Riley lost to Ivanova, 6-1, 6-3. Sekely then topped Hristova, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 1 singles to deliver a 3-1 advantage.
Sophomore Alyssa Ritchie, the CAA’s Rookie-of-the-Year last season, then clinched the team’s third straight win by defeating Khmolovska, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 5 singles. It was the second time she clinched a match this season for the Seahawks.
“It was a quality win by our team today and I’m proud of the way they competed,” added Clark. “We carried the momentum from doubles into singles and took care of the spots we needed to. We will look to get some rest and make the quick turnaround tomorrow when we take on a tough Delaware squad.”
The Seahawks battle Delaware on Friday at 1 p.m. before returning home on Easter Sunday to entertain Central Florida at Noon.