STATESBORO, Georgia – Freshman Annika Sillanpaa served up the clinching match in her first collegiate appearance as the UNCW women’s tennis team blanked host Georgia Southern, 6-0, in a rain-delayed match Wednesday at the Wallis Tennis Center.

The Seahawks improved to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in road matches with the non-conference victory over the Eagles. Georgia Southern fell to 4-6 this spring.

Due an extended rain delay, the two teams played singles first and did not compete in doubles play.

“It was a very good team win today,” said second-year Head Coach Evan Clark. “We got pushed at a lot of spots and responded very well. Our team handled less than ideal conditions very well today and came out ready to go after a long rain delay.”

Junior Alyssa Ritchie got things rolling for the Seahawks with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 4 singles against Mary Phillips Smith. Alix Theodossiou then cruised past Caitlin Kitchen, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 6 to raise the score to 2-0.

Senior Olga Blank, playing No. 2 singles, pushed the margin to 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 conquest of Jordana Klein and Sillanpaa, from Tampere, Finland, nailed down the match with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 verdict over Stephanie Woods at the No. 3 position.

In other matches for the Seahawks, No. 1 Angie Sekely defeated Paola Garrido, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 1-0 (10-4) and Christine Kharkevitch outlasted Giulia Riepe, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 at No. 5 singles.

The Seahawks next play Richmond on Sunday, March 9, at 12:30 in Charleston.