MT. PLEASANT, South Carolina – Two players – junior Alyssa Ritchie and freshman Alix Theodossiu - advanced to the semifinals in their respective flights and the UNCW women’s tennis team fashioned a 9-8 record overall on the opening day of the 12th Annual College of Charleston Invitational Friday at the CofC Tennis Center.

The Seahawks are one of seven teams playing in the three-day event at Patriots Point outside of Charleston. The field is divided into three singles flights and three doubles flights.

"I’m very pleased with the team's overall performance on the first day,” said second-year UNCW Head Coach Evan Clark. "We have a long way to go but everyone competed very hard today and we will learn from today and get better."

Ritchie reached the semifinals of A1 Singles by downing CofC’s Brooke McAmis, 6-4, 6-2, and trimming Coastal Carolina’s Libby Scott, 6-3, 6-4. The Franklin, Ohio, netter will face Samford’s Yasmeen Ebada Saturday at Noon.

In B2 Singles play, Theodossiu, making her first collegiate appearance, defeated a pair of opponents to make the semis. The Asheville, N.C., product beat Davidson’s Sarah Stein, 6-3, 6-2, in her collegiate debut and then slid past Coastal’s Amanda Malatek, 7-6, 6-4, in the quarterfinals. Theodossiu faces Samford’s Canta Moolman Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Doubles action begins early Saturday, with singles to follow.