No. 46 Seahawks Win Third Straight Match
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The 46th-ranked UNCW men's tennis team surrendered just two sets to sail past visiting Winthrop, 7-0, in frigid temperatures Sunday at the UNCW Tennis Complex.
The Seahawks won their third straight match to improve to 5-1 on the season and 3-0 on their current 10-match homestand. The Eagles dropped to 2-4 this spring.
"We're going to take a lot of confidence from this weekend," said UNCW men's tennis coach Mait DuBois. "We went 16-2 in matches against two very good teams. That's a very impressive performance. We will take a lot from this one and use it going forward against our next opponent.
"The conditions were a little rough, and we did a good job of not letting it affect us. We were very appreciative of the many fans that withstood the cold weather to support us. It means a lot and we love to play at home in front of our crowd."
Playing with temperatures in the high 30s, UNCW took two of three matches early to win the doubles point. The No. 3 tandem of sophomores Pedro Mol and Rafael Aita blanked Luka Stanic and Chase Altieri, 8-0, to begin the rout, and Chris Cooprider paired with Kosta Blank to clinch the point with an 8-1 trouncing of Guy Kubi and Nadav Ruppin at No. 1.
In singles, the Seahawks went into cruise control for their fifth win in six outings. Freshman Kaue Periera crushed Stanic, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 6 and fellow frosh Sam Williams rolled over Rich Meade, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 5 position.
The Seahawks then clinched the match at No. 4 singles when Blank earned a 6-4, 6-2 decision over rookie Dylan Comerford.
Aita carved out a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Ruppin at No. 1 singles to remain undefeated at 6-0 this season.
Cooprider was also pushed on the day. He dropped a second-set tie-breaker to Kubi before recovering for a 6-0, 7-6 (1), 7-5, triumph at No. 2 singles.
The Seahawks continue their lengthy home stay with a 1 p.m. match against South Carolina on Feb. 18.