|Seahawks Rout Raiders In Women's Tennis|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The mercury dipped into the low 40s and the UNCW women's tennis team heated up its game to blow past visiting Wright State, 7-0, in non-conference action on Monday at the UNCW courts.
Playing in damp, chilly temperatures, the Seahawks improved to 4-2 this spring after taking the court in back-to-back days. Coach Evan Clark's team concludes a four-match home stand Friday when South Florida comes calling for a 2 p.m. match.
The Raiders of the Horizon League dropped to 3-5 after losing their eighth consecutive road match to start the season.
UNCW surrendered just nine games in winning all three doubles matches and only 10 games combined in six singles matches to dominate WSU.
"We will get some rest after the last two days and start preparing for a very tough South Florida team at home on Friday," said Clark.
The No. 3 team of Christine Kharkevich and Alyssa Ritchie was the first off the court in doubles following an 8-1 manhandling of Chelsea Girgash and Liz Steingass. The No. 2 tandem of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales then clinched the point with an 8-4 trimming of Taylor Hines and Amy Nini.
The Seahawks rolled in singles, taking every match in straight sets, including three 6-0, 6-0 decisions at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 slots.
Ritchie and Cameron both bageled their opponents to push the score to 3-0 and sophomore Hamilton Lovett delivered the clincher with another clean sheet against Steingass. It was Cameron's sixth consecutive triumph this season without a loss.
In other matches, junior Angie Sekely won at the top of the lineup, beating Kavia Tuscany, 6-4, 6-0 and senior Christina Riley cruised past Alex Bastock, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2 singles.