WILMINGTON, North Carolina – No. 48 UNCW kicked off a five-match homestand on Saturday by defeating Mercer, 6-1, in men’s tennis action at the UNCW Courts.

The Seahawks, 2-3, entertain new Colonial Athletic Association rival College of Charleston on Sunday in a Noon match.

“The conditions were very tough today and I think we handled it pretty well,” said seventh-year UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. “We played a very decisive doubles point and won the first set on all six of the singles courts. I was very impressed with Mercer and how well they competed. They got better as the match went on and we did well to take five of the six singles. They have an excellent coach and I know that their program will continue to improve.

“We look forward to hosting our first CAA match of the spring vs. the College of Charleston tomorrow. They have done very well in the Southern Conference and I know it will be a good match. We have some good stuff going as a team right now and we look forward to trying to make another stride forward tomorrow.”

UNCW swept matches at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to win the early point and then took five of the six singles matches to down the Bears.

In doubles, the No. 2 team of Kaue Pereira and Pedro Mol routed Mercer’s Arnav Mohanty and Joao Pagon, 8-1, to be the first off the court and the No. 3 team of Christiaan Van der Burgh and Santtu Leskinen then stopped Arsav Mohanty and Anderson Scarpa, 8-2, to secure the point.

The Seahawks followed by winning matches at No. 2, No. 4 and No. 1 singles to take the match from the Atlantic Sun Conference opponents.

Junior Sam Williams breezed past Anderson Scarpa at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-2, to increase the score to 2-0 and sophomore Santtu Leskinen beat Austin Emmet, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 4 position to raise the margin to 3-0.

Top player Rafael Aita, ranked 120th nationally, then clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-3, verdict over Oliver Snaider at the top of the lineup.