ELON, North Carolina – The 63rd-ranked UNCW women’s tennis team lost the early doubles point, but rallied with a vengeance in singles, winning five of six matches, to throttle Elon, 5-2, in a matchup of state rivals Tuesday at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.
The Seahawks pushed their record to 5-4 overall with the non-conference victory. The Phoenix had their six-match winning streak ended and now own an 8-3 mark.
“I was very proud of the way we bounced back in singles after losing the doubles point,” said Jenny Garrity, UNCW’s 14th-year coach. “Give a lot of credit to Elon for coming out with a lot of energy. They kept us on our heels early.
“But our team responded very well and showed how truly competitive they are by taking an early lead in singles. I was very pleased with how we maintained our focus and game plan and never let them back into the match.”
Elon grabbed an early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles points with victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. The Seahawks did post a win at No. 2 doubles when senior Christina Lee and freshman Alyssa Ritchie fashioned an 8-3 verdict over Viviana Stavreva and Maria Camara Ruiz.
UNCW evened the match at 1-all when Bryn Khoury retired in her No. 1 singles match with Lee after trailing, 4-1, in the first set. The Seahawks then extended the margin to 2-1 after Kelly Cameron breezed past Stavreva, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 4 singles.
The Phoenix responded to tie the match at 2-all, but the Seahawks closed it out with successive wins at No. 1, 3 and 6 singles for the key road victory. Sophomore Olga Blank defeated Jordan Johnston, 6-3, 7-5, at No. 1 singles before sophomore Angie Sekely clinched the match with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 triumph over Barbora Lazarova at No. 3 singles.
Junior Christina Riley gave the Seahawks their fifth singles victory by trouncing Ruiz, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 6 singles.
The Seahawks return to the court Saturday to entertain another Southern Conference opponent, UNC Greensboro, at 11 a.m.
“We look forward to welcoming another SoCon opponent Saturday when UNCG comes to Wilmington. We always have very close matches with them.”