GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG narrowly dropped the doubles point and was never able to recover as the Spartans fell to UNCW, 6-1, on Wednesday afternoon at the UNCG Tennis Courts.
The Spartans (5-3) got off to a good start at No. 1 doubles as Stephanie Macfarlane and Alex Whitehead defeated the duo of Angie Sekely and Olga Blank, 8-3. Needing to win only one more match to clinch the doubles point, UNCG dropped a pair of tight matches.
The Seahawks (14-3) were able to rebound with an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles to tie things up before pulling out another close 8-6 match at No. 3 doubles to clinch the doubles point.
Things didn't get better for the Spartans in singles play as UNCW was able to score straight-set wins at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles to clinch the match.
One bright spot for the Spartans was at No. 1 singles as Niltooli Wilkins continued her impressive play this spring. She lost the first set to blank, 1-6, but rebounded to take the second set, 6-0. Wilkins was up 1-0 in the third and final set before Blank retired due to injury. The win moved Wilkins' record this spring to 7-1 in singles.
The Seahawks scored another straight-set win at No. 6 singles to go ahead 5-1, before winning a tight three-set match at No. 2 singles to end the match.
The Spartans return to Southern Conference action this weekend as they host Appalachian State on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the UNCG Tennis Courts.
No. 1: Stephanie Macfarlane/Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Angie Sekely/Olga Blank (UNCW) 8-3
No. 2: Christina Lee/Lindsey Leblang (UNCW) def. Niltooli Wilkins/Lucy Dougerty (UNCG) 8-6
No. 3: Chelsea Kahle/Kelly Cameron (UNCW) def. Mikayla Rogers/Devon Sutherland (UNCG) 8-6
order of finish (1,2,3*) *clinched doubles
No. 1: Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) def. Olga Blank (UNCW), 1-6, 6-0, 1-0, ret. inj.
No. 2: Christina Lee (UNCW) def. Alex Whitehead (UNCG), 4-6, 7-5, 1-0(7)
No. 3: Angie Sekely (UNCW) def. Stephanie Macfarlane (UNCG), 6-1, 6-0
No. 4: Kelly Cameron (UNCW) def. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG), 6-4, 6-0
No. 5: Chelsea Kahle (UNCW) def. Lucy Dougherty (UNCG), 6-1, 6-3
No. 6: Lindsey Leblang (UNCW) def. Annette Rios (UNCG), 6-3, 6-4
order of finish (3,4,5*,1,6,2) *cliniched match
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