|Seahawk Netters Win Fourth Straight|
NORFOLK, Virginia – Make it four in a row for the UNCW women’s tennis team after the Seahawks breezed past Colonial Athletic Association rival Delaware, 6-1, in a conference match Saturday at Old Dominion’s Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
The Seahawks won their fourth straight match and sixth decision in seven outings to push their record to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in the CAA. The Blue Hens dropped their CAA debut and stand 7-2 this spring.
Coach Evan Clark’s team won the doubles point for the ninth time this season by sweeping all three matches for the early point. The Seahawks then took five of the six singles matches to improve to 6-3 away from Wilmington.
”Our team took care of business today,” said Clark, who took over the program last summer. “I was really pleased with the way we have competed the last two days with two good wins. We’ll get some brief rest before playing a tough UCF team on Sunday.”
Coupled with a 5-2 triumph over host ODU yesterday, the Seahawks went 2-0 in Norfolk during a round robin weekend against ODU and UD.
In Saturday’s match, UNCW dominated the doubles point. The No. 1 team of Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevich was the first off the court following an 8-3 victory over Dorothy Safron and Carmen Lai. The No. 2 tandem of Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie then clinched the point by defeating UD’s Nataliya Naumova and Christina Harrington, 8-1. Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales finished off the sweep with an 8-3 decision over Danea Jonjic and Kimberly Milla.
The Seahawks jumped ahead 2-0 when Ritchie won her seventh consecutive match by whipping Olivia Heim, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 5 singles and increased the score to 3-0 behind Sekely’s 6-2, 6-2 verdict over Jonjic at the No. 1 spot. Cameron clinched the match for the second time this season by cruising past Naumova, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 4 singles.
Cameron’s win gives her a team-best 12-3 record and helped the Seahawks improve to 55-30 in singles play.
Kharkevich won her match in straight sets at No. 6 singles and senior Christina Riley outlasted Safron, 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 at No. 2 singles.
The Seahawks return home to entertain UCF in an Easter Sunday match at Noon. UD battles ODU tomorrow at 1 p.m.