|Phoenix Edge Seahawks In Women's Tennis|
ELON, North Carolina – Host Elon bounced back after losing the doubles point to rally past UNCW, 4-3, in college women’s tennis action Monday.
Elon, which will join the Colonial Athletic Association next season, now stands 2-4. UNCW has a 3-2 record after five matches in the spring season.
The Seahawks claimed the early point after winning at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. After dropping the first match off the court at No. 2 doubles, UNCW’s No. 3 team of senior Kelly Cameron and junior Miller Hales claimed an 8-3 decision over Bryn Khoury and Viviana Stavreva. UNCW’s top tandem of senior Olga Blank and sophomore Christine Kharkevich then clinched the point with an identical score against Jordan Johnston and Taylor Casey.
UNCW went up 2-0 when Kharekvich topped Casey, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 5 singles before Elon's Barbora Lazarova defeated Alyssa Ritchie, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 3 singles to get on the board. Elon’s Frida Jansaker then stopped Olga Blank at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-3, to tie the score at 2-all.
Johnston put the Phoenix ahead, 3-2, by outlasting Sekely, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3, at the top of the singles lineup before Cameron brought the Seahawks back even with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 triumph over Khoury at No. 4 singles.
With the match hanging in the balance, Elon clinched the match at No. 6 singles as Tolley Rice trimmed Hamilton Lovett, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
The Seahawks continue a busy week by returning home to entertain Coastal Carolina on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the UNCW courts.