UNCW Press Release
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – Top-seeded William & Mary captured its league-record 22nd Colonial Athletic Association Women's Tennis Championship by downing No. 2 seeded UNCW, 4-0, early Sunday at W&M's Millie West Tennis Facility.
The Tribe, ranked 49th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, pushed its record to 17-5 and remained unbeaten in five tries against the Seahawks in CAA Tournament play. The Seahawks finished their season with a 14-7 mark after appearing in the CAA finals for the first time.
"We got beat by a better William & Mary team today," said first-year UNCW Head Coach Evan Clark. "Give credit to them for playing a great match. I could not ask for anything more from my team today and all year for that matter.
"They have accomplished so much this year and a loss today takes nothing away from the great season they have had."
In Sunday's match, the Tribe jumped out to a quick start by winning the first two matches off the court in doubles. The No. 2 team of Hope Johnson and Anik Cepeda raced past UNCW's Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie, 8-2, and the top tandem of CAA Player-of-the-Year Maria Belaya and Leeza Nemchinov breezed past Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevich by an identical score.
The Tribe increased the lead to 2-0 in singles when Belaya, ranked 116th by the ITA, defeated Sekely, 6-1, 6-2, at the top spot. Nemchinov then raised the margin to 3-0 by trimming UNCW senior Christina Riley, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 2 singles.
W&M clinched the match and its fourth CAA title in the last seven years when Jeltje Loomans held off Ritchie, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 4 singles.
The Tribe beat the Seahawks for the second time this season following a narrow 4-3 decision in the second match of the spring back on Feb. 2 in Williamsburg. UNCW now stands 0-8 lifetime against W&M in women's tennis.
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