UNCW Press Release
WILLIASMBURG, Virginia – The No. 2-seeded UNCW women's tennis team advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals for the third year in a row with an easy 5-0 dismantling of No. 7 Hofstra early Friday at William & Mary's Millie West Tennis Facility.
The streaking Seahawks won their third straight match and seventh in eight outings to improve to 13-6 this spring. Hofstra ended its season with a 7-9 mark.
UNCW swept the doubles point and then added the first four singles matches off the court to give first-year coach Evan Clark his first CAA Tournament victory.
"We're exciting about winning and look forward to moving on to the semifinals," said Clark. "We'll get some rest and get ready for a very tough James Madison team tomorrow."
The Seahawks and No. 3 Dukes will battle in the top half of the bracket at 10 a.m., while top-seeded William & Mary takes on No. 4 Delaware at the same time. The winners meet in Sunday's championship match at 10 a.m.
UNCW grabbed the early point on Friday when the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles tandems cruised. Junior Angie Sekely and sophomore Alyssa Ritchie, playing the No. 2 slot, bageled HU's Malisssa Gilanchi and Bianca Derrick, 8-0, and the No. 3 pairing of junior Kelly Cameron and sophomore Miller Hales rolled over Paige Polizois and Louise Lopez, 8-2, to give the Seahawks the doubles point for the 12th time this season.
The Seahawks kept pouring it on in singles. Junior Olga Blank increased the score to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1, straight-set victory over Gilanchi and Ritchie won her 11th consecutive singles match with a 6-0, 6-3 thumping of Lopez to make the lead, 3-0.
Freshman Christine Kharkevich of Houston, Texas, then clinched the match by routing Polizois, 6-3, 6-0, before Cameron earned a 6-1, 6-2 verdict over Derrick at No. 5 singles.
Sekely and senior Christina Riley were both in control of their matches at No. 1 and No. 2 singles before they were halted.
In other quarterfinal matches played Friday, No. 3 JMU blanked No. 6 Towson, 4-0, and No. 4 Delaware defeated No. 5 Drexel, 4-0.
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