Seahawk Netters Trip Tribe, 4-2
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
PROVO, Utah - The 48th-ranked UNCW men's tennis team opened its three-match schedule in the BYU Invitational with a 4-2 victory over Colonial Athletic Association foe William & Mary on Friday at the BYU Indoor Tennis Center.
The Seahawks, 14-3 overall and 2-1 in the CAA, won their second straight match and 10th in 11 outings by taking four singles matches against the Tribe. W&M now stands 10-11 and 1-1.
W&M won at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles by identical 8-5 scores to carry a 1-0 lead into the singles competition, but the Seahawks stormed back with superior singles play.
Senior Kinshuk Sharma routed Ben Guthrie, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2 singles to bring the match even and Michael Pereira, playing No. 1, gave the Seahawks a 2-1 edge following a 6-1, 6-3 verdict over Anton Andersson.
Freshman Rafael Aita then pushed the margin to 3-1 by pounding Adrian Vodislav, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 before sophomore Chris Cooprider clinched the match with a marathon 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7) triumph at the No. 3 slot.
The Seahawks have two matches ahead on Saturday in the event, which also features the host Cougars and Cal-Santa Barbara. UNCW and BYU, ranked No. 38, are slated to play at 9 a.m. and the Seahawks will then meet UCSB later in the day.