WILMINGTON, North Carolina – No. 54 UNCW improved to 3-0 on its five-match homestand with a 6-1 victory over No. 63 East Tennessee State on Saturday.

The Seahawks, 4-3, won their third straight match and entertain No. 46 Elon on Monday at 1 p.m. in their next outing.

“Today was a very tough win against a very good ETSU team,” said seventh-year Head Coach Mait DuBois. “It was our best team performance as far as every person bringing their energy for the team. We have a lot of respect for ETSU and they made us earn every point today. I was pleased with the kind of character our team displayed and their ability to play our best when we needed to. Anytime you beat a top-75 team, it’s a confidence builder and we will take a lot from this win.

“We played our best doubles yet this year as far as playing well from start to finish. The team was focused on maintaining intensity and we used it to our advantage well today. In singles, I was impressed with how well we played in the big moments. There were a lot of highlights, but watching Kaue play a very disciplined, professional game style when the match was on the line was a big one. It is an area he has been very focused on and it showed today. I was also pleased with the character by our top three players, Rafael Aita, Sam William and Pedro Mol. There were a lot of tough moments and they really stepped up well.”

On Saturday, the Seahawks won at No. and No. 3 doubles to win the early point. The top tandem of Aita and Williams, ranked 49th nationally, beat Diego Nunez and Ismael Merino, 8-2, and the No. 3 team of Santtu Leskinen and Zach Hublitz clinched the point with an 8-1 victory over Ricardo Pabon and Conner Huertas.

In singles, Williams beat Nunez, ranked No. 122, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 2 singles to increase UNCW’s lead to 2-0 before ETSU’s Roger Ordeig defeated Zach Hublitz, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 6 singles to cut the margin to 2-1.

Aita, a senior from Lima, Peru, then outlasted David Biosca, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, at the top of the lineup for a 3-1 advantage before Pereria, a junior from Santos, Brazil, clinched the match with a come-from-behind 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, verdict over Merino.