#43 Seahawk Netters Win Fourth Straight
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW men's tennis team won the doubles point and that turned out to be the difference as the 43rd-ranked Seahawks squeezed past stubborn Binghamton, 4-3, Sunday at the UNCW Tennis Complex.
The Seahawks, closing out a successful eight-match homestand, finished with a 7-1 record on their eight-game home clip and stand 9-2 on the season. The Bearcats own a 5-9 mark.
UNCW grabbed an early 1-0 lead by capturing the doubles point. The No. 3 team of Pedro Mol and Kaue Pereira breezed past Ismael Dinia and Robin Lesage, 8-2, before UNCW's top tandem of Chris Cooprider and Kosta Blank was upset, 8-6, by Binghamton's Bastian Bornkessel and Ruben Devos.
Freshmen Michael Reilly and Sam Williams then trimmed Alexandre Haggai and Ruben Haggai, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles to secure the point.
The two teams split the six singles matches, with the Seahawks claiming victories at the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 positions. Cooprider was the first off the court in singles following a 6-1, 6-0, dismantling of Bornkessel at No. 2 singles and Blank hiked the score to 3-0 by pounding Lesage by an identical result.
After Haggai surprised UNCW's Rafael Aita at the top of the lineup, UNCW freshman Zach Hublitz clinched the match by knocking off Binghamton rookie Florian Van Kann, 7-5, 6-2.
The streaking Seahawks head to Florida this week for a pair of matches during spring break. UNCW visits North Florida on Tuesday in Jacksonville and then moves over to Tallahassee to battle Florida State on Thursday. The team's next home match is March 18 when UT-San Antonio travels to Wilmington for a Noon match.