GREENSBORO, North Carolina – Top-seeded and 50th-ranked William & Mary dropped the doubles point, but bounced back with four singles victories to win its 25th Colonial Athletic Association Women's Tennis Championship by edging UNCW, 4-2, early Sunday at the Piedmont Tennis Center.
Playing indoors because of inclement weather, the Tribe improved to 14-10 and locked up the CAA's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. W&M won its third straight CAA crown and fourth in five years.
The Seahawks, the first No. 6 seed in the 33-year history of the event to reach the CAA finals, finished their season with an 11-8 record after upsetting No. 3 Charleston and No. 2 Elon to make Sunday's championship match.
The Seahawks took the early point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to gain the early momentum. After W&M won the first match off the court at No. 3 doubles, the No. 2 team ofAnnika Sillanpaa and Alix Theodossiou defeated Natalia Perry and Cecily Wuenscher, 6-3, andMadara Straume and Sabrina Barisano upset No. 79 Marie Faure and Lauren Goodman, 7-6 (3), at No. 1 doubles.
W&M rallied with three straight singles victories, however, to build a 3-1 advantage before Straume knocked off Ekaterina Stepanova, 6-3, 7-5, at the top of the lineup to improve to 16-3 in singles play this season.
But the Tribe clinched the match when No. 2 player Marie Faure came from behind to defeat UNCW senior Annika Sillanpaa, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.
#1 William & Mary 4, #6 UNCW 2
April 23, 2017 | Piedmont Tennis Center | Greensboro, N.C.
1. Madara Straume (UNCW) def. Ekaterina Stepanova (W&M) 6-3, 7-5
2. Marie Faure (W&M) def. Annika Sillanpaa (UNCW) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. Natalia Perry (W&M) def. Alix Theodossiou (UNCW) 6-2, 6-1
4. Rosie Cheng (W&M) def. Xandra Fougner (UNCW) 6-1, 6-3
5. Lauren Goodman (W&M) def. Sabrina Barisano (UNCW) 6-0, 6-1
6. Marie Groener (W&M) vs. Celeste Matute (UNCW) 7-5, 4-2, unfinished
1. Madara Straume/Sabrina Barisano (UNCW) def. #79 Marie Faure/Lauren Goodman (W&M) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Annika Sillanpaa/Alix Theodossiou (UNCW) def. Natalia Perry/Cecily Wuenacher (W&M) 6-3
3. Ekaterina Stepanova/Rosie Cheng (W&M) def. Xandra Fougner/Celeste Matute (UNCW) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,3,4,1,2)