Courtesy: Joe Browning Sophomore Christine Kharkevich improved to 6-1 in singles this season
BUIES CREEK, North Carolina – The UNCW women’s tennis team swept the doubles point and added four singles victories to down state rival Campbell, 5-2, in non-conference action Tuesday at the Nisbet Tennis Center.
The Seahawks won their second straight match to improve to 5-2 on the season, while the Camels fell to 4-4.
“It was another hard fought win for our team today,” said Evan Clark, UNCW’s second-year coach. “Campbell was another gritty team that pushed us at several sports. Our team deserves credit for being able to find a way to win.
“We’re excited to get some work in the next few days to prepare for a tough North Florida team this weekend.”
All three UNCW doubles teams won their matches to set the tone early for the Seahawks. The No. 3 team of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales cruised past Claudia Ortiz and Amelie Reichart, 8-2, to remain unbeaten this spring and then the No. 2 team of Alyssa Ritchie and Angie Sekely trimmed Natasha Afridi and Tamara Stanic, 8-5, to clinch the early point. At No. 1, Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevich edged CU’s Karolina Chernaya and Ana Maria Ortiz, 8-6.
In singles, the Seahawks claimed victories at No. 1, 2, 5 and 6 to even their road record at 2-2 this spring. Kharkevich and Sekely picked up their team-leading sixth singles victories of the season.
Kharkevich increased the lead to 2-0 when she dominated Reichart, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 5 singles and Blank stymied Ortiz, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 2 singles to push the margin to 3-0.
Sekely, a senior from Ontario, Canada, clinched the match by downing Chernaya, 7-5, 6-4, at the top of the lineup.
The Seahawks return home to entertain North Florida on Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m.