WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The 54th-ranked UNCW men’s tennis team won the doubles point and then swept all six singles en route to a 7-0 victory over future Colonial Athletic Association rival Elon on Monday at the UNCW Courts.

The Seahawks won their fourth straight match and improved to 5-0 at home this spring with the win. UNCW now stands 5-3 on the season and has played five nationally-ranked foes. Elon has lost two straight and owns a 4-3 mark.

“There are only a handful of mid-major programs ranked in the top-75 nationally and it was a pleasure to host two of them this weekend with Elon and ETSU,” said Mait DuBois, UNCW’s seventh-year head coach. “It was a great experience for our team, and I have enjoyed watching our team develop and mature over the last few matches.

“Any time you beat a top-50 team you know you have to play well, and to beat them 7-0 shows that we are really making some strides and playing with the right intensity. We feel very good about the two wins we picked up the last couple of days.”

The Seahawks jumped on the Phoenix quickly and won matches at No. 3 and No. 2 doubles for a 1-0 lead. The No. 3 team of Santtu Leskinen and Zach Hublitz trimmed Dan Sablik and Stefan Fortmann, 8-4, and the No. 2 tandem of Kaue Pereira and Pedro Mol clinched the early point with an 8-5 decision over Brian Kowalski and Robert Lindgren.”

In singles, No. 120 Rafael Aita of UNCW defeated No. 27 Cameron Silverman in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, to raise the advantage to 2-0, and junior Kaue Pereira followed suit with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Ismael Sanchez Delfin. Junior Sam Williams, playing No. 2, then clinched the match by beating Lindgren, 6-3, 6-1.

“It was a pleasure to watch two of the best players in the country play today in Rafael and Silverman,” added DuBois. “Rafael has been making some strides recently and put in a very complete performance to beat one of top players in the country. When he’s dialed in like he was today, he has a chance to beat anyone in the country.  “

“We are very appreciative of the crowd support we received today. There was an electric atmosphere from start to finish and it means so much to our team.  We love to play at home.”

The Seahawks wrap up their five-match homestand on Saturday, March 1, when George Washington visits for a Noon match.