Seahawks Finish Off Weekend Tennis Sweep
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
NORFOLK, Virginia - UNCW's 75th-ranked women's tennis team recorded its second 6-1 victory in as many days when the Seahawks throttled Delaware Sunday in a Colonial Athletic Association match at Old Dominion's Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
The Seahawks reeled off their sixth straight victory to hike their record to 12-5 overall and 6-1 in the CAA. The Blue Hens now stand 6-4 and 1-2.
"It was a great way to end the CAA regular season with a very good performance over a gritty Delaware team," said UNCW head coach Jenny Garrity. "Our doubles play was solid all the way through, just like it's been in the past month. It was a good way to start the new month with solid performances at all three doubles positions."
The Seahawks swept all three matches in doubles to secure the early point. The No. 3 team of Miller Hales and Kelly Cameron breezed past Olivia Heim and Amanda Halstrom, 8-1, and the No. 2 tandem of Alyssa Ritchie and Christina Lee then clinched the point with an 8-3 decision over UD's Courtney Fenimore and Dorothy Safron.
UNCW dominated singles play as well to win its sixth CAA match in seven tries. Lee got things going at the top of the lineup by dominating Samantha Carnall, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1 for a 2-0 lead in the match before No. 3 player Kelly Cameron was forced to retire against Fenimore at No. 3 singles after winning the first set, 6-4.
But red-hot sophomore Angie Sekely got the Seahawks back on track with a 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Safron at No. 2 singles - her 12th consecutive singles victory - for a 3-1 lead and senior Casey Dashiell clinched the match by downing Christina Harrington, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 6 singles.
"I was extremely proud of Casey's effort," Garrity said. "Being submitted into the singles lineup at the last minute and then clinching the match for us is a testament to how hard she has worked. She's always prepared to play, and I'm proud of the way she played and got the big win in our match today."
In other UNCW victories, junior Christina Riley outlasted Kimberly Milla, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, at No. 5 singles and Ritchie trimmed Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom, 6-3, 7-5, at the No. 4 position for her ninth win in a row.
The Seahawks will now prepare for an upcoming trip to Florida, where they'll take on South Florida and Stetson in a pair of non-conference matches. UNCW battles USF on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the opening match of the trip to the Sunshine State.