WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Visiting North Florida won the doubles point and added three singles victories to snap UNCW’s two-match winning streak in women’s tennis, 4-3, Saturday at the UNCW courts.

The Ospreys won their second in a row to hike their record to 5-1 this spring. The Seahawks are now 5-3 heading into a two-match road swing this coming week.

UNF claimed the early point when its top two doubles teams delivered victories. Rebeca Pereira and Quetzali Vazquez cruised past UNCW’s Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevitch at No. 1 doubles, 8-2, and the No. 2 tandem of Simona Weymar and Esther Zuniga edged Alyssa Ritchie and Angie Sekely, 8-7 (5). UNCW’s No. 3 team of Miller Hales and Kelly Cameron topped UNF’s Marina Cunningham and Taylor Hollander, 8-4.

In singles, the Ospreys won matches at No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6. After Sekely evened the match with a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Weymar at the top of the lineup, Hollander defeated Hollie Champion, 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 6 position to give UNF a 2-1 advantage.

The Ospreys then won the next two matches off the court to nail down the win. Zuniga defeated Blank, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2 singles and Michelle Valdez stopped Cameron, 6-4, 6-3, for the clincher.

UNCW also won a pair of marathon matches at No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Ritchie outlasted Cunningham, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3 and Kharkevitch squeezed by Pereira, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 1-0 (10-6) at the No. 4 position.

The Seahawks play their next two matches on the road, visiting Georgia Southern on Wednesday (March 5) and tackling Richmond in Charleston on Saturday (March 9).

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