CAA Press Release
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 20, 2013) – Top-seeded UNCW and #2 William & Mary reached the title match of the 2013 CAA Men's Tennis Championship after earning semifinal victories on Saturday at the Millie West Tennis Facility on the campus of William & Mary.
The Seahawks recorded a 4-0 win over #4 Drexel and the Tribe fought past #3 James Madison, 4-2. UNCW and William & Mary will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday with the winner earning the CAA's automatic berth to the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship.
UNCW advanced to the CAA championship for the fourth time in the last five years with an impressive effort against Drexel. The Seahawks picked up the doubles point as the No. 2 team of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams rolled past Badr Ouabdelmoumen and Xabier Saavedra, 8-1, and UNCW's No. 1 duo of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider beat Skyler Davis and Dan Koehler, 8-2. The Seahawks were dominant in singles as well as Cooprider blanked Jeganathan Srinivasan, 6-0, 6-0, Aita topped Ouabdelmoumen, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 and Blank ended the match with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Koehler at No. 4.
William & Mary moved into the CAA championship match for the first time since 2010 after its victory against JMU. The Tribe earned the doubles point as their No. 2 tandem of John Banks and Ben Guthrie beat Hugo Ramadier and Greg Vladimirsky, 8-2, and the No. 1 team of Anton Andersson and Aaron Chaffee defeated Ryan Pool and Robert Stirling, 8-3. W&M increased its advantage to 3-0 in singles when Guthrie topped Vladimirsky, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3 and Hoogland knocked off Stirling, 7-5, 6-1 at No. 4. JMU fought back with a pair of wins at the top of its lineup as Ramadier defeated Andersson, 7-5, 7-5, at No. 2 and Ryan Pool rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Chaffee at No. 1. The Tribe closed out the match with a three-set triumph at No. 5 when Banks got past Florent Sentenac, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
UNCW is looking to capture its third CAA title, having won in 2009 and 2011. William & Mary is aiming for it fourth CAA championship, with its most recent one coming in 2005.
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