UNCG downs Coastal Carolina in home-opener
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG swept the doubles point and then took four of the six singles matches as the Spartans cruised past Coastal Carolina, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon inside the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center.
The Spartans moved to an even 1-1 on the young spring season, while the Chanticleers dropped to 0-1 after their season-opener.
UNCG got off to a hot start as Mikayla Rogers and Devon Sutherland teamed up for an easy 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles. The duo of Lucy Dougherty and Niltooli Wilkins clinched the doubles point for the Spartans with an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles.
Mikayla Bunea drew the match even at one for the Chanticleers as she defeated Alex Whitehead at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-2.
It was all UNCG the rest of the way though as Annette Rios put the Spartans back in front with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles. Dilara Yurtkuran put the Spartans ahead, 3-1, with her 6-2, 6-3 win over Kourtney Kowal, 6-2, 6-3.
Stephanie Macfarlane had the honors of clinching the match for UNCG as she dispatched Mikaela Kristofersson, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 3 singles to give the Spartans a 4-1 team lead.
The Chanticleers would take No. 5 singles as Diana Mortlock won 6-3, 6-3, but Niltooli Wilkins capped off the day for UNCG with her win at No. 1 singles. She won the first set 6-2 before dropping the second set, 6-4. Due to the match being clinched, the two went into a 10-point tiebreaker and Wilkins came out on top, 10-7, to win the match.
The Spartans won't return to competition until Feb. 16, when they travel to East Carolina for a 3 p.m. match.
1. Stephanie Macfarlane/Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Mikayla Bunea/Diana Mortlock (CCU) 8-6
2. Lucy Dougherty/Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) def. Lexi Bolesky/Mikaela Kristofersson (CCU) 8-4
3. Mikayla Rogers/Devon Sutherland (UNCG) def. Caitlyn Brooksbank/Maria Hesketh (CCU) 8-1
Order of finish: 3,2*,1 - *clinched doubles point
1. Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) def. Lexi Bolesky (CCU) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(7)
2. Mikayla Bunea (CCU) def. Alex Whitehead (UNCG) 6-0, 6-2
3. Stephanie Macfarlane (UNCG) def. Mikaela Kristofersson (CCU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG) def. Kourtney Kowal (CCU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Diana Mortlock (CCU) def. Lucy Dougherty (UNCG) 6-3, 6-3
6. Annette Rios (UNCG) def. Maria Hesketh 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 2,6,4,3*,5,1 - *clinched match
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