ELON 4, UNCW 3
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Visiting Elon rallied from an early deficit to win its seventh straight match and edge UNCW, 4-3, in women’s tennis Sunday at the UNCW courts.
The Phoenix improved to 7-1 since a season-opening loss at nationally-ranked UNC Chapel Hill. The Seahawks had their two-match winning streak snapped and now stand 3-2 on the season heading into a 2 p.m. match Monday against Wright State in Wilmington.
“We lost a tough battle today to a very good Elon team,” said first-year UNCW Head Coach Evan Clark. “We had our chances and we will learn from the loss.”
UNCW secured the early doubles point by winning at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions before Elon, coached by former Seahawk standout Elizabeth Perry Anderson, took four of the six singles matches to avenge a 4-2 loss last February to the Seahawks.
UNCW’s No. 3 doubles team of Christine Kharkevich and Alyssa Ritchie was the first off the court following an 8-2 thumping of Elon’s Bryn Khoury and Maria Camara Ruiz. UNCW’s No. 2 tandem of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales then wrapped up the early point with an 8-4 decision over Barbora Lazarova and Taylor Casey.
The Seahawks pushed the score to 2-0 in singles when Cameron bageled Lazarova, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 5 singles before the Phoenix picked up a point at No. 4 singles with Khoury’s 6-4, 6-1 verdict over UNCW junior Olga Blank.
Frida Jansaker then topped Christina Riley at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2, to even the score at 2-all and Jordan Johnston’s 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over Angie Sekely at the top of the lineup gave the Phoenix a 3-2 edge.
However, Ritchie brought the Seahawks back with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 come-from-behind triumph against Viviana Stavreva at No. 3 singles, setting up a showdown between Ruis and Kharkevich at the No. 6 slot. Ruis outlasted the UNCW freshman, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, to clinch the match for the Phoenix.
Monday’s match with the Raiders is the third match in a four-match home stand for the Seahawks.