UNCW Seahawks Cruise Past No. 65 Appalachian State
WILMINGTON, NC March 14, 2013 – The UNCW women’s tennis team registered its sixth shutout of the season in dominating fashion Thursday, sweeping every match in a 7-0 rout of No. 65 Appalachian State at the UNCW Courts.
The Seahawks won their second straight match to improve to 8-5 on the season. The Mountaineers, who secured their first-ever national ranking this week, lost their second straight match and stand 9-4.
“I was very pleased with our overall team effort today,” said first-year UNCW Head Coach Evan Clark. “We shored up some things that we were lacking in the last few matches and those improvements were evident today. It’s never easy to win at each spot, so hat’s off to our team for their performance today.”
UNCW, appearing at home for the sixth time this season, swept through doubles play easily, allowing just four games, before continuing the romp with six straight singles wins.
Junior Olga Blank and freshman Christine Kharkevich played together for the first time this spring and the No. 1 tandem cruised, beating Ellie Linsell and Mackenzie LaSure, 8-1, to come off the court first. The No. 3 team of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales then pushed their record to 7-4 by breezing past Brianna Armellino and Gabriela Celi, 8-2, to clinch the early point.
Kharkevich increased the score to 2-0 by thumping Celi, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 6 singles and sophomore Alyssa Ritchie, the CAA’s Co-Player-of-the-Week moved to 9-3 on the season with a 6-0, 6-1 pounding of Jessica Thaggard at the No. 5 position.
UNCW senior Christina Riley then clinched the match at No. 2 singles when the Avon, Ind., product whipped Clare Cox, 6-3, 6-1
The Seahawks are idle until Thursday, March 21, when Clark’s team opens a three-match road swing by playing at UNC Greensboro.
“Our team will get some well-deserved rest after a busy two weeks of matches and then start preparing to make the push for the second half of the season.”