Elon, NC (WECT) - Third-seeded UNCW captured its second straight CAA Men's Tennis Championship with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over top-seeded William & Mary on Sunday afternoon at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center on the campus of Elon University.
It was the sixth CAA title in the past decade for the Seahawks (19-4) and fourth in the past six years. The Tribe, which made their third finals appearance in the last four years, finished their season with a 13-11 mark.
The Seahawks claimed the doubles point with victories at the top two slots. UNCW's No. 1 tandem of Raphael Calzi and Ignasi de Rueda posted a 6-2 win over Alec Miller and Tristan Bautil and the No. 2 duo Andres Torres and Michael Morphy used a late break to defeat Brendan Volk and Michael Chen, 7-5.
The match went back-and-forth throughout a competitive set of singles contests. W&M drew even as Christian Cargill topped Torres, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1. UNCW picked up a victory at No. 2 when Agustin Savarino beat Miller, 6-2, 6-4, but the Tribe's Volk defeated Morphy, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 to tie the match at 2-2. The Seahawks regained the advantage with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph by Daniel Groom over Sebastian Quiros at No. 5. The championship was decided at No. 3 where UNCW's Ignasi de Rueda forced a break at 5-all and pulled out a 7-6 (3), 7-5 triumph over Louis Newman.
UNCW earns the CAA's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship. The Seahawks will find out their opponent on Tuesday, May 1.
2018 CAA MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP – Finals
Jimmy Powell Tennis Center – Elon, N.C.
#3 UNCW 4, #1 William & Mary 2
#1 Christian Cargill (W&M) d. Andres Torres (UNCW), 6-4, 6-1
#2 Agustin Savarino (UNCW) d. Alec Miller (W&M), 6-2, 6-4
#3 Ignasi de Rueda (UNCW) d. Louis Newman (W&M), 7-6 (3), 7-5
#4 Michael Copeland (UNCW) vs. Finbar Talcott (W&M) DNF – 6-2, 1-6, 3-4
#5 Daniel Groom (UNCW) d. Sebastian Quiros (W&M), 6-3, 6-4
#6 Brendan Volk (W&M) d. Michael Morphy (UNCW), 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 6, 5, 3*
#1 Raphael Calzi/de Rueda (UNCW) d. Miller/Tristan Bautil (W&M) , 6-2
#2 Torres/Morphy (UNCW) d. Volk/Michael Chen (W&M), 7-5
#3 Savarino/Copeland (UNCW) vs. Newman/Cargill (W&M) DNF – 5-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2*