|Women's Tennis Wins Eighth In A Row|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW women’s tennis team ran its winning streak to eight matches by besting the College of Charleston, 5-2, in a key Colonial Athletic Association match Friday at the UNCW Courts.
The Seahawks, who have not lost in 34 days, pushed their record to 13-3 overall and stayed unbeaten in the CAA with an unblemished 3-0 record. CofC had its eight-match winning streak go by the wayside and now stands 14-7 and 3-1.
Playing in sunny, breezy conditions, the Seahawks won the doubles point quickly and then tacked on four singles victories to claim the first meeting between the two schools since the Cougars joined the CAA. It was a tight match, however, with five of the six singles matches going three sets.
“What a battle today against a very tough College of Charleston team,” said UNCW Head Coach Evan Clark. “They pushed us at every spot and give credit to them for playing a fantastic match.
“I could not be prouder of our team and the way they handled everything today. We have a very special group and it’s rewarding to see all of their hard work pay off in a big match.”
UNCW assumed control of the match by taking the early point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. The No. 3 team of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales grabbed the momentum by overpowering Samantha Maddox and Jamie Harrell, 8-3, and the top tandem of Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevitch downed CofC’s Katherine Schofield, 8-4, to nail down the point. It was the 13th time in 16 matches that the Seahawks have won the doubles point against foes this spring.
The Seahawks displayed their strength at the top of the lineup to clinch the match, winning at the first three singles positions right away to win for the eighth time in nine tries at home this season.
Blank, playing No. 2 singles, thumped CofC’s Brooke McAmis, 6-3, 6-3, to be the first off the court and fellow senior Angie Sekely continued to dominate. The Ontario, Canada, product won her 10th straight match by rallying past Kelly Kambourelis, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, to raise her record to an impressive 14-1.
Freshman Annika Sillanpaa then iced the match by outlasting Mara Argyriou, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, at the No. 3 position. Junior Alyssa Ritchie accounted for UNCW’s other singles win when she turned back Maddox, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, at No. 5 singles.
The Seahawks play their home finale on Sunday when CAA rival James Madison visits for an 11 a.m. match. It will be the final home appearance for Blank, Cameron and Sekely.
Clark said, “We will enjoy this win and then turn our attention quickly to another very tough CAA opponent in JMU. JMU is another great team and we will need to be ready to go on Sunday.”