Seahawks Send Seniors Out With Big Win
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Sophomore Angie Sekely won a marathon match over Dilara Yurtkuran as the UNCW women's tennis team wrapped up the regular season with a 4-3 victory over No. 74 UNC Greensboro Friday at the UNCW Tennis Complex.
The Seahawks closed out the regular campaign with a 14-6 record, including a 7-2 mark at home, and now begin preparations for next week's Colonial Athletic Association Championships in Norfolk, Va. The Spartans had their 10-match winning streak snapped and fell to 15-5.
"Today was a great college tennis match between two teams that came in with a lot of confidence," 12-year UNCW Head Coach Jenny Garrity said. "UNCG just won the Southern Conference and we knew it was going to be a battle.
"Our seniors have had their teammate's backs all year and I know all the girls worked extra hard today to return the favor and send Christina (Lee) and Casey (Dashiell) out with a big win."
In Friday's match, played in ideal conditions, the Spartans narrowly won the doubles point, but UNCW took three of the first five singles matches off the court to set up Sekely's dramatic win. The native of Ontario, Canada, won the first set, 6-1, before Yurtkuran rallied for a 7-5 decision in the second set. Sekely then took the third and final set, 7-6 (10-8), concluding a grueling battle on her third match point.
UNCG took command in doubles early when the No. 2 tandem of Alex Whitehead and Devon Sutherland defeated Sekely and Olga Blank, 8-4, and Yurtkuran combined with Niltooli Wilkins for a 9-7 triumph over Christina Lee and Alyssa Ritchie at the top position. In between, UNCW's No. 3 team of Miller Hales and Kelly Cameron picked up an 8-4 decision over Annette Rios and Kayla Gammie.
In singles, Blank evened the score at 1-all by crushing Whitehead, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 2 to get things rolling in the comeback win. Ritchie then put the Seahawks on top, 2-1, with a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Rios at No. 4 singles before Wilkins tied the score again by downing Lee, 6-2, 6-3, at the top of the lineup.
Sutherland staked the Spartans to a 3-2 edge with a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles over senior Casey Dashiell before junior Christina Riley knotted the score at 3-all by blitzing Stephanie Falcon, 6-2, 6-3, setting up Sekely's heroics.
"It's hard to put into words the impact Christina and Casey have had on our program," Garrity continued. "Today's match came down to resiliency and toughness. It was a team effort and a great way to send our seniors out.
"We had a great crowd today and would like to thank the Wilmington community and our men's team for their support."
The CAA Championships are scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, April 19-22, in Norfolk, Va. Seeding and pairings will be announced Monday.