WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – Top-seed UNCW moved one step closer to its first conference championship by breezing past No. 8 Hofstra, 4-0, in one of four quarterfinal matches Saturday at the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Tennis Championships.
The Seahawks won their 10th consecutive match and hiked their record to an impressive 15-3 this spring with the easy win over the Pride at William & Mary's Millie West Tennis Facility. Hofstra, which had a six-match winning streak snapped, closed out its season at 8-8.
"I was very pleased with how we played today," said second-year Head Coach Evan Clark, the 2013 CAA Coach-of-the-Year. "It's always nice to get any nervous energy out and work out other kinks in the first match of the tournament.
"We will need to have our best stuff tomorrow and be prepared for a very good JMU team in the semifinals."
Coach Evan Clark's team quickly took the doubles point and then swept the first three singles matches off the court to vault into the semifinals. UNCW faces No. 4 James Madison at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with the winner reaching Sunday's finals.
In the win over the Pride, UNCW won the early point with convincing victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The No. 3 tandem of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales moved to a perfect 11-0 on the year with an 8-2 decision over Giulia Leone and Bianca Posa. Senior Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie, playing No. 2, then clinched the point with an 8-3 decision over Hofstra's Bianca Derrick and Louise Lopez.
UNCW wasted no time in taking the match with three quick wins in singles at No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6.
Sophomore Christine Kharkevitch, playing the No. 5 position, was the first off the court with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Bianca Derrick. Sekely, the 2013 CAA Player-of-the-Year, then trounced Sarah Bowen, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 singles to set up the clincher.
Cameron delivered the decisive point by rolling past Posa, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 6 singles to keep the Seahawks unbeaten against the Pride in six matches lifetime.
Sekely, a two-time First-Team All-CAA selection, extended her personal winning streak to 12 matches and the senior from Ontario, Canada, pushed her record to 16-1 this spring.