|Women's Tennis Seniors Bid Farewell|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Tennis Championships in two weeks may rank atop the priority list for Coach Evan Clark’s UNCW team, but this weekend’s two conference matches with the College of Charleston and James Madison are a close second.
The streaking Seahawks, riding a seven-match winning streak and a 12-3 record this spring, battle the Cougars Friday at 2 p.m. before concluding their home slate with an 11 a.m. match Sunday on “Senior Day” at the UNCW courts.
The matches will go a long way in determining the all-important seeding for the CAA Tournament that runs April 17-20 in Williamsburg, Va.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to host two high quality CAA opponents this weekend,” said Clark, who is finishing up his second season with the team. “We have a lot of respect for both programs and their coaches and know each match will be hard fought.”
The Seahawks have not lost in over a month and stand 2-0 in league play following decisive wins over Towson and Delaware.
Individually, No. 1 player Angie Sekley is the reigning CAA Player-of-the-Week after winning both of her matches against East Carolina and Delaware to hike her season ledger to a sparkling 13-1 this spring. The Mississauga, Ontario, senior carries a nine-match winning streak into the weekend.
Sekely is making her final home appearance this weekend with fellow seniors Olga Blank and Kelly Cameron. The trio has led the Seahawks to a 63-22 record the last four years, including a combined 130-64 mark in singles: Blank (26-30), Cameron (48-20), Sekely (56-14).
Friday’s opponent, CofC, is also on a roll. The Cougars will put their eight-match winning streak on the line in their first match against the Seahawks as a CAA member. Veteran coach Angelo Anastopoulo’s team owns a 14-6 dual match record and has already beaten CAA foes William & Mary (4-3), Hofstra (7-0) and Towson (7-0) this spring.
UNCW’s three seniors will be honored prior to Sunday’s match with the Dukes. JMU, 10-3 and 2-1 in Maria Malerba’s 38th and final season in Harrisonburg, have won five in a row and faces CofC Saturday at 9 a.m. prior to Sunday’s clash with the Seahawks.
Following this weekend’s matches, the Seahawks conclude the regular campaign next Saturday, April 12, at non-conference foe Charleston Southern.
“At this point in the season we could not feel better about where we are and the team feels very confident headed into this weekend,” added Clark.