WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The 57th-ranked UNCW men’s tennis team remained perfect at home and won the doubles point for the 16th time this season with a 5-2 verdict over visiting Georgia State on Sunday at the UNCW courts.

The Seahawks raised their record to 14-4 this spring with their sixth straight win. The Panthers stand 11-10 in Coach Joerg Barthel’s first season in Atlanta.

“We’ve had some very memorable matches with Georgia State through the years and we have a lot of respect for them,” said sixth-year UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. “We knew doubles was going to be important because their top doubles team had not lost a match all year. We played well in all three doubles positions, and our seniors – Chris Cooprider and Kosta Blank – came up with a big win at No. 1.”

Cooprider and Blank, UNCW’s lone seniors who are ranked 18th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, turned back No. 38 Lucas Santa Ana and Victor Valente, 8-4, to give the Seahawks an early lead for the key doubles point. Santa Ana and Valente had not lost in 12 matches this spring.

After GSU won the No. 3 doubles matchup, UNCW’s No. 2 tandem of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams, ranked 42nd, trimmed Thomas Cook and Paul Schuette, 8-5, to clinch the doubles point.

UNCW then claimed four of the six singles matches to move to 11-0 in Wilmington this spring. The Seahawks have reeled off 20 consecutive home wins since a 4-3 loss to No. 48 South Carolina on Feb. 18, 2012.

Sophomore Kaue Pereira was the first off the court in singles when he defeated GSU’s Sofiane Chevallier, 6-1, 7-5, at the No. 5 slot, giving the Seahawks a 2-0 advantage. But Valente, ranked 107th, upset Aita at the top of the lineup, 6-4, 6-3, to narrow the deficit to 2-1.

Cooprider then raced past Cook, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 2 singles to push the score to 3-1 and sophomore Zach Hublitz knocked off Schuette, 6-2, 7-6 (3), in straight sets at No. 6 to clinch the match.

“Kaue really came out quickly and played very well,” said DuBois. “All of the other matches were tight and that 2-0 lead gave us a lot of confidence. Chris and Zach were very impressive and their intensity was very contagious. It was good to get a win over a quality team.”

The Panthers nailed down their second point when Santa Ana outlasted Blank, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (2), at No. 4, before Williams rallied from behind for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, decision against Schulze at No. 3 to complete the scoring.

DuBois said, “Sam was impressive after dropping a tough first set. He came up with a game plan that was much more effective and dropped just three games after that first set.”

The Seahawks have just two matches remaining in the regular season and entertain Old Dominion on Thursday in the home finale at 2 p.m.