No. 33 UNCW Lassos UTSA In Men's Tennis
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The 33rd-ranked UNCW men's tennis team rebounded from a pair of road losses this week to trim Texas-San Antonio, 5-2, in a non-conference match Sunday at the UNCW Tennis Complex.
The Seahawks pushed their record to 10-4 this spring by beating the Roadrunners in the first meeting between the two schools. UTSA slumped to 6-8, including 1-1 on its three-game road trip to the East Coast and stands 2-4 against nationally-ranked opponents.
"Today was a good way to finish our spring break," said UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. "UTSA has a very good team and has been ranked highly most of the year with many impressive results this spring.
"We were able to showcase our depth and played well after a lot of tennis. Our guys are match-tough after playing six matches in 11 days. The upside is that we have gained a lot of experience recently and have been able to test our fitness preparation."
UNCW, playing without 77th-ranked Rafael Aita, got started quickly on Sunday by sweeping all three doubles matches for a 1-0 advantage. Juniors Chris Cooprider and Kosta Blank, the reigning CAA Doubles Team-of-the-Week, were the first off the court following an 8-4 victory over UTSA's Yannick Junger and Pedro Zanotelli. UNCW's No. 3 team of Kaue Pereira and Pedro Mol then clinched the point by cruising past Joel Rubio and Hugo Guanais, 8-3.
In singles play, Pereira and fellow freshman Michael Reilly dispatched their opponents in quick fashion to give the Seahawks a 3-0 lead. Pereira thumped Joel Rubio, 6-4, 6-0, at the No. 4 position and Reilly took down Daniel Moser, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 6 singles.
Mol, playing No. 2 singles for the first time this season, then clinched the match for the Seahawks by pounding Tyler Brown, 6-3, 6-4.
"I was very impressed with Pedro's play today," added DuBois. "We have pushed him to make some major changes to his game style and he has really embraced them. He has some good things going with his game right now and was able to clinch the match for us."
UNCW picked up its fourth singles triumph at No. 5 singles, where newcomer Sam Williams outlasted David Kelleher, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, in the last match on the court. Williams, from Bistol, England, snapped Kelleher's four-match winning streak.
The Seahawks remain at home to entertain DePaul on Friday at 2 p.m. in their next match.