WILMINGTON, NC April 11, 2013 – The 55th-ranked UNCW men’s tennis team made history on Thursday when the Seahawks thumped Old Dominion, 6-1, to notch the first undefeated home season in the program’s existence.
The streaking Seahawks won their seventh in a row to push their record to 15-4 heading into the regular season finale at East Carolina on Saturday. UNCW wound up with an unblemished 12-0 record at home, with nine wins coming by shutout.
The Seahawks tuned up for next week’s CAA Championships by dominating the Monarchs, who recently left the Colonial Athletic Association for Conference USA. The Seahawks, who won their 21st consecutive home match, captured the doubles point and added five singles victories for the win.
The No. 3 doubles team got things rolling when sophomore Kaue Pereira and freshman Santtu Leskinen teamed up for an easy 8-0 triumph against ODU’s Wesley Barrett and Tim Schweig. The top combination of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider, ranked 20th nationally by the ITA, then nailed down the all-important point with an 8-4 decision over No. 88 Carlos Lopez Villa and Can Cetinel.
With the win in doubles, Blank tied Scott Curry for the most doubles wins in school history by collecting his 58th triumph. The Winnipeg, Canada, resident stands 58-17 lifetime in doubles action at UNCW.
In singles, UNCW won the first two matches off the court and after ODU rallied for an upset win at the top of the lineup, the Seahawks took the final three pairings to close out the match.
With the Seahawks leading, 1-0, UNCW sophomore Sam Williams increased the score with a straight-set victory, 6-0, 6-2, over Zvonimir Podvinski at No. 3 singles. Pereira then raised the score to 3-0 by trimming ODU’s Dante Terenzio at No. 5 singles.
ODU’s Carlos Lopez Villa picked up ODU’s lone point by upsetting No. 54 Rafael Aita, 7-6 (5), 6-1 on Court 1 before Blank clinched the match by downing Jones Kuwert, 6-2, 7-5.
Cooprider, making his final home appearance, and sophomore Zach Hublitz then registered wins at No. 2 and No. 6 singles to close out the scoring. Cooprider now stands 51-21 in singles over the last four seasons.