No. 2 Seeded Seahawks Blank Hens, 4-0
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
NORFOLK, Virginia - UNCW's second-seeded women's tennis team blanked Delaware, 4-0, early Friday to advance to Saturday's semifinals of the 2012 Virginia 529 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Tennis Championships at Old Dominion's Folkes-Stevens Tennis Complex.
The Seahawks pushed their record to 15-6 this spring and will battle 63rd-ranked Georgia State on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Panthers topped James Madison, 4-0, in another quarterfinal match earlier Friday.
"I was very impressed how business-like and focused we were going into our opening match today against a Delaware team that we had a tough match with just three weeks ago," said UNCW Head Coach Jerry Garrity, the 2012 CAA Coach-of-the-Year.
"We knew they would make us play tough points and we had to be willing to stay in our game plan for long periods of time. We had a great start in doubles today and had tremendous energy, which was a big factor being able to win a quick doubles point."
Garrity's team opened up its match quickly by securing the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Freshman Miller Hales and sophomore Kelly Cameron bageled Olivia Heim and Kim Milla, 8-0, at the No. 3 position and senior Christina Lee partnered with freshman Alyssa Ritchie for an 8-3 verdict over Samantha Carnall and Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom at the top position.
The Seahawks continued to roll in singles. Cameron increased the score to 2-0 by blitzing Sjoberg-Sunstrom, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 4 singles and senior Casey Dashiell dominated Amanda Halstrom, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 6.
That left Ritchie, the CAA's Co-Rookie-of-the-Year, to deliver the clincher and the Franklin, Ohio, product breezed past Courtney Fenimore, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 3 singles to complete the scoring.
"While we're excited to earn a spot in the semifinals, we know we're going to have to tighten the screws tomorrow and be incredibly disciplined if we want to be in a position to win. Georgia State is a very well-coached team and a program we have a ton of respect for. We're looking forward to the challenge tomorrow and know it will be a great match."
It was UNCW's second victory over the Blue Hens this month. The Seahawks registered a 6-1 decision against UD on April 1 in Norfolk.
"I was really impressed with the fight and energy our team showed today," said Dashiell, who played in front of family and friends in her hometown. "We were spread out from each other, but there wasn't a moment when you didn't hear a 'Go Hawks' or someone shouting someone else's name."