Former Seahawks Battling Invisible Opponent

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

They come from different sports and different times, but four former UNCW student-athletes are de facto teammates today on the front lines as health care professionals in the battle against global nemesis COVID-19.

Debbie Warner (Class of 1976), Dr. Alyssa Ritchie (Class of 2015), Savannah Andrews (Class of 2018) and Anna Grauel (Class of 2019) each faced formidable opponents during their time as Seahawks.

Today’s current foe – the coronavirus - may be the toughest.By the end of April, the novel coronavirus had infected one million people and killed more than 60,000 individuals in the U.S., according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I just feel fortunate to have a job where I can contribute and help,” said Warner, who played on the Seahawk volleyball and women’s basketball teams in the early 70s. Warner serves as a physician assistant with Cape Fear Heart Associates at Wilmington’s New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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