Courtesy: Joe Browning Junior Alyssa Ritchie lunges at a volley at the net in Saturday's rout of Towson
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Sophomore Christine Kharkevitch won her ninth consecutive match as the UNCW women’s tennis team breezed past Towson, 7-0, in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for the Seahawks on Saturday at the UNCW courts.
The Seahawks won their fourth consecutive match to improve to 9-3 on the season and have won six of seven outings at home. The Tigers are 7-6 and 1-2 in the CAA.
“I’m proud of the way the team competed at each line today,” said second-year UNCW Head Coach Evan Clark. “We approached the match the right way. I was proud of our professionalism throughout the match. We feel very good about where we are and are looking forward to the rest of the season.”
The Seahawks surrendered just eight games in sweeping all three doubles matches for the early point. After the No. 2 tandem of Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie bageled their opponents, the top team of Kharkevitch and Olga Blank collected the point by blasting Nani Lizana and Ariel Burke, 8-3.
UNCW continued the rout in singles by sweeping all six matches in straight sets to move to 56-16 (.778) in singles play this season.
Newcomer Annika Sillanpaa was the first off the court following a 6-1, 6-1 mastering of Lorena Ferrer at No. 3 singles and Sekely rolled over Lizana, 6-2, 6-2, at the top of the lineup to push the score to 3-0. Freshman Alix Theodossiou provided the clincher at No. 6 singles by pounding Cailey Easdale, 6-0, 6-3.
The Seahawks play again on Sunday when they entertain NCAA Division II West Virginia State in a 2 p.m. match at the UNCW courts.