UNCW tennis team stages Seahawk Invitational under new coach

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UNCW women’s tennis coach Hans Olsen gets his first look at his new team when the Seahawks play host to Campbell, East Tennessee State and Wisconsin in the Seahawk Invitational this weekend at the UNCW courts.

Olsen took over the helm of the program in late summer and has been busy overseeing the team heading into a fall schedule that includes five tournaments. This weekend’s event will feature a hidden dual format with a six-game set and no ad scoring.

Hans Olsen begins his first season as UNCW coach on Friday. Photo courtesy- UNCW Sports
Hans Olsen begins his first season as UNCW coach on Friday. Photo courtesy- UNCW Sports

The Seahawks get under way on Friday with doubles at 2:30 p.m., followed by singles at 3:30 p.m. The event is free and parking is available next to the courts.

“We’re very excited about hosting the Seahawk Invitational,” said Olsen. “It will be a great weekend of competition with a strong field of college players. The Seahawks are looking forward to getting our fall season started.”

UNCW returns five players from last year’s team that finished 9-9 in the spring season. Veteran Christine Kharkevitch (Second Baptist/Houston, Texas) headlines the group, while juniors Hollie Champion (Butler/Charlotte, N.C.), Annika Sillanpaa (Universal School/Tampere, Finland), Alix Theodossious  (Asheville/Asheville, N.C.) and Thai Thompson  (Cape Fear Academy/Wilmington, N.C.) give the team more veteran experience.

Sillanpaa earned Second-Team All-CAA honors in singles one year ago and teamed up with Kharkevitch for Second-Team in doubles as well.

Tournament Schedule

Friday, Sept. 11

10 a.m. Wisconsin vs. East Tennessee State (Singles)

Noon Wisconsin vs. Campbell (Doubles)

2:30 p.m. UNCW vs. East Tennessee State (Doubles)

3:30 p.m. UNCW vs. Campbell (Singles)

Saturday, Sept. 12

9 a.m. Campbell vs. East Tennessee State (Singles)

11 a.m. East Tennessee State vs. Wisconsin (Doubles)

11 a.m. UNCW vs. Campbell (Doubles)

Noon UNCW vs. Wisconsin (Singles)

Sunday, Sept. 13

9 a.m. UNCW vs. East Tennessee State (Singles)

11 a.m. East Tennessee State vs. Campbell (Doubles)

11 a.m. UNCW vs. Wisconsin (Doubles)

Noon Campbell vs. Wisconsin (Doubles)