|Seahawks Land High Seeds In CAA Tennis|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW men have grabbed the top seed and the women are locked in as the No. 2 seed heading into this week’s 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Tennis Championships in Williamsburg, Va.
The three-day event on the campus of William & Mary runs Friday through Saturday at the Millie West Tennis Facility not far from the cobblestone streets of Colonial Williamsburg.
UNCW’s men are the No. 1 seed for the second time. In 2009, the Seahawks swept past Drexel, Old Dominion and VCU for their first CAA title in Norfolk, Va.
The men’s championship gets under way early Friday with a pair of quarterfinal contests. Third-seeded James Madison meets No. 6 Hofstra at Noon, followed by No. 4 Drexel against No. 5 Delaware at 3 p.m.
The semifinals will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. with top-seeded UNCW taking on the Drexel-Delaware winner and No. 2 William & Mary facing the JMU-Hofstra winner. The championship match is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday.
“We’re very pleased to be selected as the No. 1 seed,” said seventh-year Head Coach Mait DuBois of 16-4 UNCW. “It’s a credit to our players who have worked and competed very hard in the spring season. The seeding doesn’t mean anything when the tournament starts, however.
“Although we haven’t seen any of the other CAA schools this spring, we know there are many excellent teams in the field. We will focus on our preparation and do everything possible to be ready for our first match on Saturday.”
The Seahawks are 18-24 lifetime in the CAA men’s tourney and 14-14 since the seeding system began in 1997. UNCW has reached the championship match three of the last four years.
On the women’s side, the action gets under way Friday with three quarterfinal matches. No. 2 UNCW battles No. 7 Hofstra and No. 3 James Madison takes on No. 6 Towson, both 9 a.m. matches. The final quarterfinal follows at Noon when No. 4 Delaware takes on No. 5 Drexel.
UNCW carries a 12-6 record into the tourney and has won six of its last seven decisions, including a 5-2 verdict over Charleston Southern last Sunday at the UNCW courts.
“We’re pleased to earn the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament,” said first-year UNCW coach Evan Clark. “We’re excited to enter this phase of the season. We’re well-prepared to make a run for the CAA championship. We know we have some tough challenges ahead and will take one match at a time.”
The women’s semifinals will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. as top-seeded William & Mary goes against the Delaware-Drexel winner and the winner of the UNCW-Hofstra match takes on the winner of the JMU-Towson match. The championship match is set for 10 a.m. on Sunday.The Seahawks own a 9-20 overall tournament record and stand 8-17 since seedings began in 1997. This season marks the second straight year that UNCW’s women have earned the No. 2 nod.