|Seahawks Roll Again In Women's Tennis|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW women’s tennis team won its second straight match without losing a point to christen the spring season after blanking Western Carolina, 7-0, on Friday at the UNCW courts.
The Seahawks improved to 2-0 with the triumph, while the Catamounts, out of the Southern Conference, dropped to 0-2.
“I’m very pleased with the way we competed and executed after a long layoff from competition,” said second-year Head Coach Evan Clark. “We are excited for what’s ahead and looking forward to playing Furman this weekend.”
Playing for the first time since a 7-0 win over Mercer on Jan. 26, the Seahawks swept all three matches in doubles to claim the early point. Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie breezed past Erin Maguire and Megan McLinden, 8-0, at No. 1 doubles to get off the court first and Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevitch wrapped up the point by trimming Stacia Kissell and Shannon Bettiol, 8-5.
In singles, UNCW continued to roll and didn’t surrender a set in taking all five singles pairings. The Catamounts did not enter at player at the No. 6 position.
With the score 2-0 following the default at No. 6, Sekely thumped Kissell, 6-2, 6-2, at the top of the lineup to raise the lead to 3-0 and Ritchie dominated Bettiol, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2 to clinch the match.
Kharkevitch, Cameron and Hamilton Lovett tacked on three more wins at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles to close out the match.
Clark’s team begins a three-match road trip on Sunday with a Noon match at Furman.