WILMINGTON, North Carolina Temperatures warmed up and the UNCW women’s tennis team took advantage of the welcome change to maul Mercer, 7-0, in the spring debut for Coach Evan Clark’s team Sunday at the UNCW Courts.

The Seahawks return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 4, with a 2 p.m. match against regional rival Coastal Carolina.

In Sunday’s clash, the Seahawks won the doubles point and dropped just two sets in singles to roll over the Bears of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

“It was great to get the season kicked off today and I’m proud of the way the team handled its first match of the spring season,” said Clark, who begins his second season. “There are always some nerves involved in the first match of the year, so it’s nice to get those out of our system and get the kinks out in general.”

Senior Kelly Cameron and junior Miller Hales got the Seahawks rolling with an easy 6-0 win at No. 3 doubles before senior Angie Sekely and junior Alyssa Ritchie pounded Roxy Bartz and Lucie Payrat, 6-1, at the No. 2 position to clinch the important doubles point.

Sekely pushed the score to 2-0 by crushing Payrat, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 2 singles and Ritchie followed suit with a 6-0, 6-0, bageling of Isabel Dennis at No. 3. Cameron then delivered the clincher with a decisive 6-0, 6-1, triumph over Haley Powell at No. 5 singles.

“As the match progressed,” Clark continued, “I felt like the team got more and more comfortable and really played good tennis at times. The team knows that we have a long way to go and a lot to improve on. We’re excited to get back on the practice court tomorrow and get back to work.”

Sunday’s match opened a three-match homestand for the Seahawks to kick off the spring season.