After his team captured its second straight Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship, UNCW men's tennis head coach Mait Dubois stopped by the WECT studios to chat about the victory.
The Seahawks knocked off top-seeded William & Mary 4-2 Sunday afternoon at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center on the Elon University campus. It was the sixth CAA title in the past decade for the Seahawks (19-4) and fourth in the past six years.
Dubois said his team knew winning the conference tournament was the best path to making the NCAA tournament.
"We've been talking about it since January," Dubois said. "The guys set a goal really early that we wanted to do some damage in the NCAAs and the only way we could get there is through our conference tournament. We're pretty excited about it."
Despite UNCW having a stellar regular season record, going 19-4 and finishing third in the CAA regular season, Dubois said he knew his team was probably going to wind up not getting an at-large bid into the NCAAs and had some work to do.
After winning the CAA title and getting that automatic bid, Dubois' staff switched their focus to getting a better seed.
"As a coaching staff, we were really looking at getting a better seed so we're not having to open up against a top 16 team. I believe we accomplished that," Dubois said. "We believe we'll go in as a three seed which means we'll play someone in that 17-32 range."
The Seahawks will find out who their opponent will be on Tuesday, May 1 during the NCAA selection show.
"When you see your name come up on the big board, it's pretty exciting," Dubois said. "It makes a big difference...who you are you gonna play. Last year, we had to go indoors, which wasn't great for us.
"This year, we want to be well positioned to do some damage. We're not going there to (just) say we went."