WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW women’s tennis team continued its torrid pace in March by overwhelming NCAA Division II West Virginia State, 7-0, in a match played Sunday at the UNCW courts.

The Seahawks won their fifth match in six tries this month to improve to 10-3 on the season heading into the final five outings of the spring campaign. It was the team’s second straight shutout and the sixth of the season for Evan Clark’s club.The Yellow Jackets of the Mountain East Conference are now 12-3.

With rain expected during the day, the two teams played singles first and the Seahawks dominated, winning every match in straight sets and surrendering just eight games in the six matches.

Three freshmen were in the lineup for the Seahawks and all three won in convincing fashion. Alix Theodossiou was the first off the court following a 6-0, 6-0 crushing of senior Cora Berna at No. 4 singles and Annika Sillanpaa added an identical rout of Andreea Slusarciuc at No. 2 singles to give the Seahawks a quick 2-0 lead.

Junior Alyssa Ritchie increased the margin to 3-0 by blanking Diana Cotoros, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 3 position and junior Hamilton Lovett clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-0 verdict against Charlotte Sandy at No. 5 singles.

Senior Angie Sekely and freshman Hollie Champion tacked on wins at No. 1 and No. 6 for the Seahawks, who stand 62-16 in singles action this spring.

The Seahawks maintained control in doubles, sweeping all three matches easily to move to 26-7 in doubles overall. The action was highlighted by Sekely and Ritchie, who improved to 9-3 with an 8-0 blitzing of Berna and Nadi Grlj.

The Seahawks next make the short trip up to Greenville next Saturday, March 29, to battle rival East Carolina at 1:30 p.m.