WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Wake Forest claimed the doubles point and captured three singles matches to squeeze past UNCW, 4-3, in non-conference women's tennis action Thursday at the UNCW Tennis Complex.
The Demon Deacons improved to 3-8 on the season with the victory and snapped UNCW's four-match winning streak. The Seahawks stand 6-5 this spring.
Playing with temperatures reaching the 80's, the two teams locked up in a tight match before Wake prevailed by winning the last three matches off the court.
"Our goal in every match is to leave everything we have on the court," said veteran UNCW coach Jenny Garrity, "and we met that goal in a big way today. We knew we were going to have a battle with Wake Forest and that's exactly what we got. I'm heartbroken and proud of our team at the same time. To battle a team like Wake Forest and have three match points with an opportunity to beat them is something we can take a lot from and learn from."
After taking the doubles point with victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, the Demon Deacons had the match evened at 1-all when Jeff Wyshner's club had to forfeit at No. 6 singles.
UNCW then grabbed a 2-1 advantage as sophomore Angie Sekely knocked off rookie Rebecca Siegler, 7-6 (6), 6-3, at No. 3 singles. UNCW freshman Alyssa Ritchie then extended the lead to 3-1 with a straight set win, 6-2, 6-1, over Wake's Brigita Bercyte at No. 5 singles.
But the Demon Deacons won at the top of the lineup in three sets and added another three-set win at No. 2 singles to pull the match even. WFU clinched the win when Californian Karen Forman outlasted sophomore Kelly Cameron, 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-1, at No. 4 singles.
Garrity added, "Wake Forest is an outstanding team that brought their best tennis when their backs were against the wall. We knew they would not go away, and it was an outstanding college tennis match."
The Seahawks return to Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday with an 11 a.m. match against Old Dominion on St. Patrick's Day.
"We had a great crowd today. I know our entire team is really appreciative of the support we got throughout the day. We look forward to another battle with Old Dominion on Saturday," said Garrity.