WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Sophomore Alyssa Ritchie won her ninth consecutive singles match to highlight UNCW’s 6-1 victory over visiting North Carolina Central in women’s tennis action Saturday at the UNCW courts.

The Seahawks won for the fifth time in six outings to raise their record to 11-6 on the season. The Eagles now stand 10-7 this spring.

“I was very impressed with a very good NCCU squad,” said Evan Clark, UNCW’s first-year coach. “They are much improved and Coach (David) Nass has done a very good job with them. We were really pushed at a lot of the spots, so I’m pleased with the way we competed and found a way to win. We now switch our focus and start to get ready for the regular season finale against Charleston Southern.”

UNCW swept all three matches to win the early doubles point and took five of the six singles matches for their fifth win in eight home matches.

The No. 3 doubles team of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales hiked their record to 11-4 by blanking NCCU’s Brianna Gatson and Olesya Palko, 8-0, to get things rolling. The No. 2 tandem of Ritchie and Angie Sekely then nailed down the important point by zipping past Aissa Muamba and Mia Ramic, 8-3.

Sophomore Hamilton Lovett, playing only her second singles match of the season, raised the score to 2-0 after bageling Gatson, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 6 slot to be the first off the court. Freshman Christine Kharkevitch dominated Ramic, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 5 singles to push the margin to 3-0.

Sekely, playing at the top of the lineup, then clinched the match for the second time this season when the junior from Mississauga, Ontario, thumped Palko, 6-3, 6-2.

Ritchie, the 2012 CAA Rookie-of-the-Year, moved to 13-3 on the season by beating Rebecca Wood in straight sets, 7-6 (2), 6-0, at No. 4 singles and Cameron defeated Muamba, 6-1, 7-6 (7), at No. 3 singles to push the score to 6-0. Ekaterina Nekrasova helped NCCU avoid a shutout by knocking off UNCW’s Christina Riley at No. 2 singles.

The Seahawks wrap up their home and regular season schedule on Saturday, April 13, with a 1:30 match against Charleston Southern.