WILMINGTON, North Carolina – No. 55 UNCW closed out its annual “Battle at the Beach” tournament with an unbeaten slate after beating Binghamton, 5-1, in men’s tennis action Sunday under threatening skies at the UNCW courts.

The Seahawks won their third straight match and eighth in nine tries at home to hike their record to 9-6 on the season. The Bearcats are 10-8 after losing to UCF, Yale and UNCW in the round-robin event.

“I feel like our team got stronger as the week went on and it means a lot for us to sweep our home tournament,” said Mait DuBois, UNCW’s seventh-year head coach. “To get wins over three quality teams helps us see that the hard work is paying off. We look to keep making strides forward.”

UNCW and Binghamton played singles only Sunday due to the threat of inclement weather, but the rain never materialized. The Seahawks, however, did dominate the Bearcats heading into the home stretch of the regular season.

No. 2 player Pedro Mol, a senior from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, got the Seahawks off to a strong start with a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Alexander Maison and sophomore Christiaan Van der Burgh raised the score to 2-0 after dispatching Florian Van Kann, 6-0, 6-3, at the No. 6 position.

Top singles player Rafael Aita, ranked 53rd nationally by the ITA, increased the margin to 3-0 by trimming Sid Hazarika, 6-4, 6-4, before junior Kaue Pereira clinched the match at No. 4 singles with a 7-5, 6-4 triumph against Eliott Hureau.

In addition, sophomore Santtu Leskinen, playing No. 5 singles, picked up his team-best 11th win of the season by cruising past Ismael Dinia, 6-0, 7-6 (9).

The Seahawks head to Virginia next weekend for a two-game swing to take on former Colonial Athletic Association rivals VCU and Old Dominion. UNCW kicks off the road trip with a Friday (March 28) match against the Rams at 2 p.m. and then travels down to Norfolk to challenge the Monarchs on Saturday at Noon.