#67 UNCW Trips Temple In Women's Tennis
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The 67th-ranked UNCW women's tennis team captured the doubles point and swept five of the six singles matches to cruise past visiting Temple, 6-1, in a non-conference match Wednesday at the UNCW Tennis Complex.
The surging Seahawks won their fourth straight match to hike their record to 6-4 on the season, including a 3-1 mark at home. The Owls dropped under .500 and stand 4-5.
"I was pleased with our overall performance today," said veteran UNCW coach Jenny Garrity. "We did some real nice things at some of the positions. We're still working through trying to be more aggressive, but I thought we did an outstanding job of starting strong in doubles and not letting Temple have an opportunity to get back into the match."
Garrity's club opened the day on a strong note by winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to secure the important early point. The top doubles tandem of Angie Sekely and Kelly Cameron - both sophomores - crushed Temple's Yana Mavrina and Paola Calderon, 8-2, and the No. 2 team of Alyssa Ritchie and Christina Lee clinched the point with an 8-5 decision over Agnese Rozite and Rebecca Breland.
"Kelly and Angie set the tone for the entire match with their intensity and teamwork in doubles," said Garrity. "I thought they communicated very well. Their movement was outstanding. I've been very pleased with how they have handled the tough No. 1 doubles position."
UNCW poured it on in singles action, taking the first four matches off the court to clinch the match early.
Sekely dominated Alicia Doms, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 3 singles to raise the score to 2-0 and Cameron blitzed Jordan Batey, 6-2, 6-0, at the No. 4 position to make it 3-0. Lee then delivered the match-winner with a 6-1, 6-2, dismantling of Calderon at No. 2 singles for her fourth consecutive win.
UNCW's other two victories in singles came in the back of the lineup. Ritchie outlasted Rozite, 5-7, 6-2, 10-6, and junior Christina Riley thumped Breland, 6-1, 6-1.
Garrity said, "Our energy through singles play was the key to staying on top of our game plan and executing the offense we wanted to play. We have a quick turnaround and look forward to a challenging match with Charleston Southern on Friday."
The Seahawks take on Charleston Southern on Friday in a 2 p.m. match in Charleston before returning to Wilmington to open a three-match homestand against Wake Forest on March 15.