WILMINGTON, North Carolina – No. 55 UNCW bounced back after losing the doubles point by taking five singles matches for a 5-2 victory over visiting Yale in men’s tennis Wednesday at the UNCW courts.

In the opening match of the Battle at the Beach round-robin event that features UNCW, Yale, UCF and Binghamton, the Seahawks snapped Yale’s six-match winning streak to improve to 7-6 on the season. The Bulldogs now stand 7-3.

“We will take a lot of confidence from winning over a very good Yale team,” said UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. “The story of the day was how we responded after losing a very tight doubles point.  We won first sets on all six courts and I was pleased with the intensity we brought to the singles. 

“Pedro Mol and Kaue Pereira really came out strong and were the first two players off the court. They both have some good stuff going and continue to get better every match.”

After Rafael Aita and Sam Williams routed Tyler Lu and Martin Svenning, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles, Yale rebounded with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions to claim the early point.

Pereira made quick work of Photos Photiades, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 5 singles to even the score at 1-all before Mol gave UNCW a 2-1 advantage by beating Svenning, 6-1, 6-3, at the No. 2 position.

Williams then raised the score to 3-1 with a convincing 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Kyle Dawson at No. 3 singles before sophomore Santtu Leskinen clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 verdict against Daniel Faierman at No. 4 singles.

The Seahawks, who have played seven nationally-ranked opponents this spring, are now 6-1 in home matches this spring.

The Seahawks play their second match in the event on Friday when they take on UCF at 2 p.m. Yale, meanwhile, battles Binghamton earlier in the day at 10 a.m.