#46 Seahawks Thump #70 Princeton, 6-1
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Chris Cooprider and Kosta Blank upset 11th-ranked Matt Spindler and Matt Siow in doubles to set the tone early and the 46th-ranked UNCW men's tennis team steamrolled No. 70 Princeton, 6-1, Saturday at the UNCW Tennis Complex.
The Seahawks, playing the second match in a 10-match homestand, won their second straight outing to improve to 4-1 on the young season. The Tigers, the preseason pick to win the Ivy League, dipped to 1-4 this spring.
"I was very pleased with our performance today," said fifth-year UNCW coach Mait DuBois. "I have a lot of respect for the talent level of Princeton's team and I knew they would be very good. We played with great intensity from the beginning to the end today, and I saw our group make strides in a number of areas that we have been working on.
"We played very good doubles today. I'm very pleased with Kosta and Coop's win over a top-15 doubles team. They have some very good things going right now."
Cooprider and Blank were the first off the court in doubles after dispatching Spindler and Siow in easy fashion, 8-2. Pedro Mol and Rafael Aita then downed Michael Lin and Yohei Shoji, 8-4, at No. 3 doubles to clinch the point before the No. 2 tandem of Michael Reilly and Sam Williams thumped Matija Pecotic and Augie Bloom, 8-6.
In singles, the Seahawks only dropped one match to pick up their second win over a ranked opponent. Aita remained undefeated this season with a 6-2, 6-1, pounding of Bloom at No. 2 singles and newcomer Kaue Periera dismantled Dan Richardson, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 6 singles for UNCW's third point. Williams then zipped past Zack McCourt, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 5 to slot clinch the match.
Princeton collected its lone point at the lead position, where Pecotic downed Cooprider, 6-4, 7-6 (4), at No. 1 singles.
The Seahawks are back home Sunday with a Noon match against Winthrop.