WILMINGTON, North Carolina – When the UNCW women’s tennis team battles Charleston Southern in its home and regular season finale on Saturday, senior Christina Riley can reflect on some pretty hefty accomplishments as a member of the team for the last four seasons.
With Riley in the lineup, the Seahawks have set a single season record for wins (22 in 2010-11), earned their highest seed in the CAA Championships (No. 2 in 2011-12) and collected their highest ITA national ranking (63 in 2011-12).
This season, the 11-6 Seahawks and new skipper Evan Clark haven’t skipped a beat, winning five of their last six matches heading into the 2 p.m. match with the surging Buccaneers.
“I can’t thank Christina enough for her contributions over the last four years to the UNCW women’s tennis program,” said Clark, who joined the program in late summer. “She has been a huge asset to me, especially with the transition over the last year. It’s never an easy transition, but Christina has been a great role model for the rest of the team and really embraced her leadership role this year.
“Christina has represented our program with class and has had many great accomplishments, on the court and in the classroom. We wish her the very best and know she will go on to do great things with her life.”
A native of Avon, Ind., has been a four-year starter for the team, compiling a 41-31 singles record and 12-10 doubles mark. She has played the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots this season for the Seahawks, who stand 5-3 at home.
An excellent student, Riley is majoring in Exercise Science and plans to attend physical therapy school next year in Indiana.
The Seahawks are going through their final tune-up for next week’s CAA Championships in Williamsburg, Va. Overall, UNCW has fashioned a 62-35 (.639) singles record and 27-18 (.600) doubles mark this spring.
CSU, meanwhile, brings a 13-5 record into Saturday’s finale and routed Coastal Carolina, 6-1, on Wednesday in its last match. Juniors Alia Nour and Alexandra Walters completed perfect seasons in Big South Conference singles play and both bring significant winning streaks into Saturday’s match. Nour has won 12 consecutive matches and Walters has teamed up with Yvonne Hubler for 11 straight wins in doubles.
Following Saturday’s test, the Seahawks will learn their seed early next week and compete in the CAA Championships April 19-21 in Williamsburg.