TAMPA, Florida – The UNCW men’s tennis team, ranked 63rd by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, opened its Easter break trip to Florida on a winning note Friday by turning back South Florida, 5-2, at the USF Varsity Courts.

The Seahawks extended their winning streak to four matches and hiked their record to 12-4 on the season. The Bulls stand 7-8 after losing for the third time in four outings.

UNCW won the doubles point for the 12th time this season when the No. 2 and No. 3 tandems made quick work of the Bulls. The No. 3 team of Kaue Pereira and Michael Reilly was the first off the court following an 8-3 pounding of Everth Dzib and Guillermo De Vilchez. The 42nd-ranked team of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams then nailed down the early point by disposing of Juan Carlos Acuna Gerard and Federico Sabogal, 8-3.

The Seahawks then won four of the six singles matches to win their first true road match in five tries this spring.

Senior Chris Cooprider increased the score to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 verdict over Ignacio Gonalez Muniz at the No. 2 slot and Williams vanquished Vilchez, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 3 singles to make the score, 3-0.

USF got on the board when Ravi Patel defeated UNCW sophomore Zach Hublitz, 7-6 (4), 6-0, but senior Kosta Blank answered with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Gerard at No. 5 singles to clinch the match.

Aita, ranked 36th by the ITA, added a three-set triumph over Oliver Pramming at the top of the lineup for UNCW’s other singles win.

The Seahawks travel across I-4 to Orlando to battle UCF on Saturday at 2 p.m.