K-State Defeats Seahawks In ITA Kick-Off
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
CLEMSON, South Carolina - No.46 Kansas State handed UNCW its second loss in the ITA Women's Tennis Kick-Off Weekend early Sunday with a 4-0 victory over the Seahawks at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center.
The Seahawks, 2-3, lost to 14th-ranked Clemson on Saturday wrapped their first appearance in the national event with a loss to the No. 2-seeded Wildcats early Sunday. UNCW has played three nationally ranked opponents in its first five matches this season.
"This weekend was a tremendous experience for our players," said Jenny Garrity, UNCW's veteran coach. "We found out Thursday afternoon that we got into our program's first national tournament that started Friday and had one day of practice before taking on two ranked teams in the country.
"Our players' mindset and focus was amazing. It was great exposure for our program, but we went to Clemson to win some matches and out of the six singles matches that were completed, we were in a position to win four or five of them. Christina Lee had to take on two All-Americans and the Big 12 Player-of-the-Year and went out there with amazing energy and fight and set the tone for our team. Angie (Sekely) and Kelly (Cameron) have been huge for us in our first few matches of the season and they are both playing at a high level right now at such an early point in the season.
"We will use this past weekend to continue to improve our level of play and build on the many areas of our game that went well. I think our players are disappointed in not pulling out more matches that we had chances to win and that's a good thing. We will use that as motivation and we will make the necessary adjustments. We are eager to finally open our season at home next weekend and get back to our home courts in competition."
K-State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the match with victories at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. The No. 3 team of Carmen Borau Ramos and Ana Gomez Aleman topped Casey Dashiell and Miller Hales, 8-3, to get off the court first and KSU's top tandem of Petra Niedermayerova and Marketa Trousilova, ranked 28th nationally, sailed past Cameron and Sekely, 8-3, to clinch the doubles point.
In singles action, Niedermayerova coasted past Lee, 6-1, 6-0, at the No. 1 slot to give the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage before Carla Wischhoff topped Alyssa Ritchie, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 5 singles to extend the lead to 3-0.
Junior Karla Bonacic, ranked 94th, then clinched the match for K-State with a 7-6, 6-2, verdict over Sekely at No. 2 singles.
The Seahawks return to Wilmington to train for their home opener on Feb. 11 against North Florida.