WILMINGTON, NC Jan. 20, 2013 – The 42nd-ranked UNCW men’s tennis team did not surrender a set in breezing past Troy, 7-0, in the spring season opener for the Seahawks on Sunday at the UNCW courts.
The Seahawks, 1-0, complete an early two-game home stand Monday when state rival Appalachian State visits Wilmington for a 1 p.m. match.
In Sunday’s match with the Trojans, UNCW swept the doubles point easily and then ripped through six singles matches to even Troy’s record at 1-1.
“Troy is a very feisty team and they competed very hard today,” said sixth-year UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. “We knew they were a little better than last year and I was impressed with their play. We played very solid at the big moments of the match and were able to get every set we played.
“It was nice to work out some of the things that come up in a first match and as the match went on, we played better. It gives us a lot of confidence when the entire team wins and we will feel good going into tomorrow.
“Appalachian State is another very good team that has a lot of new players that we have not seen before. They played us very tight last year and I expect another good match tomorrow.”
UNCW’s No. 3 doubles team of Pedro Mol and Kaue Pereria was the first off the court following an 8-1 dispatching of Daniel Bustamante and Anas Rochdi. Rafael Aita and Sam Williams, ranked 53rd nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, then secured the point by blitzing Mansigh Athare and Patrick Eichler, 8-2.
Pereira defeated Athare quickly at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-2, for a 2-0 lead and Mol topped Eichler, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 6 slot to give the Seahawks a 3-0 advantage. Williams, ranked 121st by the ITA, then clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-4 rout of Bustamante.
In other matches, UNCW senior Chris Cooprider trimmed Anas Rochdi, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 2 singles and senior Kosta Blank defeated Sami Ghorbel, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 5. UNCW’s top player, 37th-ranked Rafael Aita, won by retirement, 6-3, 5-1, when Troy’s Andre Stabile couldn’t continue.