CONWAY, S.C. – UNCG picked up a trio of three-set singles wins en route to handing Coastal Carolina its first loss of the season Wednesday, 5-2, at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.
UNCG (5-3), which picked up its fifth win in its last six matches, got off to the early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point.
Lucy Dougherty and Niltooli Wilkins dominated Miki Bunea and Diana Mortlock at No. 1, rolling to the easy 8-0 win. Annette Rios and Kayla Gammie clinched the point at No. 3, topping Kourtney Kowal and Maria Hesketh by an 8-4 count.
Mikaela Kristofersson and Katie Fosnacht made sure CCU (6-1) avoided the doubles sweep with an 8-5 win over Alex Whitehead and Devon Sutherland at No. 2.
In singles play, Whitehead made it a 2-0 UNCG lead with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kristofersson at No. 3. Mortlock then put the Chanticleers on the board with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win over Dilara Yurtkuran at No. 2.
Kowal downed Dougherty at No. 5 by a 7-5, 6-2 score to even the match at 2, but it was all Spartans from there.
Rios picked up a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Fosnacht at No. 4 to put UNCG ahead for good, and freshman Stephanie Falcon clinched the match with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over Hesketh at No. 6.
Wilkins wrapped up the day with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 win over Bunea at No. 1 to move to 7-1 this spring.
UNCG wraps up its Spring Break road swing at Charleston Southern on Saturday at 10 a.m.
UNCG 5, Coastal Carolina 2
1. Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) def. Miki Bunea (COASTAL) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
2. Diana Mortlock (COASTAL) def. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
3. Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Mikaela Kristofersson (COASTAL) 6-4, 6-2
4. Annette Rios (UNCG) def. Katie Fosnacht (COASTAL) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
5. Kourtney Kowal (COASTAL) def. Lucy Dougherty (UNCG) 7-5, 6-2
6. Stephanie Falcon (UNCG) def. Maria Hesketh (COASTAL) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
1. Niltooli Wilkins/Lucy Dougherty (UNCG) def. Miki Bunea/Diana Mortlock (COASTAL) 8-0
2. Mikaela Kristofersson/Katie Fosnacht (COASTAL) def. Alex Whitehead/Devon Sutherland (UNCG) 8-5
3. Annette Rios/Kayla Gammie (UNCG) def. Kourtney Kowal/Maria Hesketh (COASTAL) 8-4
Coastal Carolina 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,5,4,6,1)
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