ATLANTA, Georgia – The 47th-ranked UNCW men’s tennis team opened its three-game spring break trip with a 5-2 victory over former Colonial Athletic Association rival and No. 73 Georgia State on Tuesday.

The Seahawks improved to 6-4 on the season and will also play South Florida and North Florida on their southern swing. Georgia State stands 6-9 on the year.

UNCW has played six nationally-ranked opponents and defeated three of them this spring.

"I feel good about today and winning over a very good Georgia state team,” said UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. “The quality of the doubles point was very high and they competed well in every position. We lost a heartbreaker the last time we were here and we have a lot of respect for this program. Sam (Williams) and Rafael (Aita) hung very tough to win the doubles point for us and that momentum carried well into the singles"

In Tuesday’s match at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center in Piedmont Park, the Seahawks got off to a quick start by winning the doubles point with wins at the top two positions and then tacked on four singles victories.

The No. 2 team of Kaue Pereira and Pedro Mol rolled past Valentin Horvat and Felipe Jaworski, 8-3, and the top tandem of Aita and Williams, ranked 28th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, edged Robert Schultze and Sofiane Chevallier, 8-7.

Aita, ranked 87th nationally, got things rolling in singles with a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Thomas Cook at the top of the lineup. Sophomore Santtu Leskinen, playing No. 4 singles, then extended the lead to 3-0 with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Chevallier.

The Panthers picked up a point at No. 6 singles before UNCW closed out the match behind Williams. The Bristol, England, netter won in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 (5), against GSU’s Jannis Koeke at No. 2 singles.

The Seahawks next play at No. 53 USF on Saturday at Noon in Tampa.