UNCW 7, Butler 0
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana March 6, 2013 – UNCW’s women’s tennis team won in senior Christina Riley’s backyard after dismantling Butler, 7-0, on Wednesday to complete a spring break trip to the Hoosier state.
The Seahawks won their second straight match to move to 6-4 on the season. Butler stands 3-12 following its fourth consecutive loss.
“I’m really pleased with the way the team has taken care of business the last two days,” said first-year coach Evan Clark. “The transition to indoor tennis conditions is not easy and I felt like we embraced it. We’re excited about getting back to North Carolina and look forward to playing a very tough N.C. State squad on Friday.”
Riley, a senior from nearby Avon, Ind., played well in her return home. She knocked off Butler’s Brittany Farmer, 7-6 (6), 6-3, at No. 2 singles as the Seahawks swept all six singles matches.
UNCW won the doubles point early against the Bulldogs with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. The No. 3 team of Alyssa Ritchie and Christine Kharkevich was the first off the court after an 8-0 whitewash over Kristen Haeberlein and Clare Cornelius. The No. 2 team of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales then improved to 6-2 on the season by dispatching Konstantina Adami and Sienna Reuter, 8-1.
In singles play, Ritchie whipped Reuter, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 4 spot, wrapping up two matches without surrendering a game. Cameron then cruised past Adami, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3 singles to push the score to 3-0.
Sekely, playing at the top of the lineup, clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-2, decision against Stephanie McLoughlin.
Riley, Kharkevich and junior Olga Blank closed out the match with straight set victories in singles.
The Seahawks, 3-2 on the road this spring, conclude a four-match road swing on Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. test on Friday at N.C. State.
The next home match for Evan Clark’s team is Sunday, March 10, when East Tennessee State visits for an 11 a.m. test. Butler travels to Bowling Green on March 16 to play the Falcons in a 1 p.m. match.