No. 75 UNCW Climbs To 5-1 In CAA Tennis
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
NORFOLK, Virginia - The 75th-ranked UNCW women's tennis team opened its two-match conference swing to Virginia in a big way Saturday, dominating James Madison, 6-1, in a Colonial Athletic Association match at Old Dominion's Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
The Seahawks improved to 11-5 overall and 5-1 in the CAA with their third straight victory. The Dukes fell to 9-4 and 1-2.
"Overall, it was a very good match for us and another tough match with JMU," said Jenny Garrity, UNCW's veteran coach. "Even when we took the early lead by getting the doubles point and took an early lead in singles, their team didn't throw in the towel and fought until the final point.
"Playing high percentage, grinding, energized tennis is very hard to maintain throughout an entire match, but our team has been successful in accomplishing that for the past five matches and especially today."
UNCW started quickly on Saturday by winning the doubles point and coasted in singles by taking the first five matches off the court.
In doubles, sophomores Angie Sekely and Olga Blank teamed to whip Katherine Bulling and Michelle Nguyen, 8-1, at No. 2 doubles and after the top tandem of Christina Lee and Alyssa Ritchie fell, 8-5, UNCW's No. 3 team of Miller Hales and Kelly Cameron clinched the point with an 8-6 decision over Megan Douglass and Ruxandra Andriescu.
The Seahawks then poured it on in singles by winning at No. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Sekely was the first off the court by thumping Nguyen, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 3 singles, and Lee cruised past Kinsey Pate, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 1 to increase the score to 3-0. Cameron then clinched the match by breezing past Douglass, 6-2, 6-4.
In other wins, Ritchie beat Taylor Pinchoff, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4 singles and Christina Riley came from behind to edge Bulling, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 1-0 (10-6).
"JMU is a deep team and are competitors from start to finish, which is always the biggest challenge playing them," added Garrity. "I thought our team did a great job rising to that challenge. We have a quick turnaround with another tough CAA team in the morning with UD and we know that will be another big challenge for us."
The Seahawks wrap up their weekend journey to Virginia by squaring off against Delaware Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.