Soaring Seahawks: Jan. 30 – Feb. 5


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Mike Okauru (4) during UNCW’s matchup with North Carolina on Nov. 8, 2019 at Trask Coliseum.

Noah Powers, Sports Editor

Each week, The Seahawk will recognize standout performers from UNC Wilmington athletics. Honorees are chosen based on overall performance. Generally, only one athlete will be honored per athletic event.


Jaylen Sims, sophomore

Sims was UNCW’s leading scorer against Towson last Thursday in a 77-66 loss. He did a little bit of everything on the floor, racking up 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and a block.

Mike Okauru, junior

Okauru led the Seahawks in scoring in an 83-66 loss to James Madison last Saturday. He was 9-for-15 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Okauru had 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.


Lacey Suggs, senior

Suggs was the leading scorer for UNCW in both games this week, racking up 17 points, seven rebounds and two steals to help the Seahawks down Hofstra 62-59. Two days later, she knocked down 22 points to go along with five rebounds in a 63-61 loss to Northeastern.


Rachel Marthinsen, junior

For the second time in her career, Marthinsen was at the top of the lineup for the Seahawks, who downed Marist 6-1. She topped the Red Foxes’ Julia Gabay 6-2 and 6-0 to earn a singles point, and helped clinch the doubles point alongside Lauren Robbins. UNCW improved to 1-1 after that match.

Sarah Merrill, freshman

Merrill did a little bit of everything last Friday as she won a singles point for the Seahawks, downing Hofstra’s Odessa Stork 6-2 and 6-2. She also helped lead UNCW to a doubles point, alongside her partner Sarah Horn, improving the Seahawks to 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play.


Michael Copeland, senior

Following singles wins from Bruno Caula, Davide Innocenti and Daniel Groom, Copeland was able to clinch the singles win for UNCW, topping Wofford’s Diego Lasada 6-4 and 7-5. The win helped earn the Seahawks their first victory of the season.

Bruno Caula, sophomore

The CAA Player of the Week’s 6-2 and 6-1 wins over Radford’s Yevhen Sirous clinched the match for UNCW in an already impressive performance. The Seahawks won 7-0, boosting them to 2-3 on the season.


Summer Owens, sophomore

Owens took first place in the 3,000-meter run posting a time of 10:37.45. The first-place finish helped propel the Seahawks to a second-place overall finish on the day.


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