No. 43 UNCW Blanks Temple In Tennis
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The 43rd-ranked UNCW men's tennis team pushed its winning streak to three matches by whitewashing Temple, 6-0, in a non-conference match Friday at the UNCW Tennis Complex.
The Seahawks raised their record to 8-2 this season and moved to 6-1 on their current eight-match homestand. Coach Mait DuBois and his team wrap up the extended home string Sunday when Binghamton visits Wilmington for a Noon match. Temple stands 4-5.
"I was very pleased with the focus and attention to detail that we brought today," said DuBois. "We did a good job of using our momentum to our advantage. I called Matt Kealy's number in doubles today and he really stepped in and played a near flawless match. That was great to see."
Following a 45-minute rain delay, Friday's match opened with singles play and the Seahawks dominated, sweeping all six matches in straight sets.
Junior Chris Cooprider was the first off the court after pounding Temple's Kacper Rams, 6-1, 6-2. Kosta Blank and Sam Williams added victories at No. 3 and No. 5 singles before freshman Kaue Pereira clinched the match with an easy 6-1, 6-1, decision over Stanislav Stekolshikov at the No. 4 position.
UNCW's No. 1 player, Rafael Aita, hiked his record to 9-1 on the season with a hard-earned 6-4, 7-5, triumph over Temple's Filip Rams.
The two teams started doubles play before ending the match. UNCW's No. 3 tandem of Kealy and Pedro Mol trimmed Stekolshikov and Dmitry Vizhunov, 8-4, before the No. 1 and No. 2 matches were halted.