WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – Top-seeded UNCW won its third Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Tennis Championship in five years by rolling past host William & Mary, 4-0, securing the program’s fourth appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The Seahawks, ranked 54th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, won their 10th straight match and 12th in 13 outings in easy fashion. UNCW hiked its record to 18-4 and has not lost since a defeat at nationally-ranked Clemson back on March 9.

The Seahawks have established themselves as the new men’s tennis power in the CAA, capturing conference championships in 2009, 2011 and 2013. UNCW earns the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals, which begin May 10-12 at sites to be determined.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our guys,” said sixth-year Head Coach Mait DuBois, the 2013 CAA Men’s Tennis Coach-of-the-Year. “We talked a lot about professionalism and intensity and our group showed it the whole tournament.

“William & Mary really played great and they had a very large and supportive following. It didn’t phase our group at all and they responded extremely well. We have a lot of respect for William & Mary and we knew we would have to play well to beat them.”

In Sunday’s match, the Seahawks nailed down the doubles point after the nationally-ranked teams of No. 28 Kosta Blank-Chris Cooprider and No. 54 Rafael Aita-Sam Williams picked up resounding victories.

Blank and Cooprider blitzed Anton Andersson and Aaron Chaffee, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles, while Aita and Williams stuffed Ben Guthrie and John Banks, 8-1, at the No. 2 slot as the Seahawks picked up the early point.

The Seahawks then closed out the match with three straight-set wins in singles. Cooprider increased the score to 2-0 with a convincing 6-3, 6-1 decision over Will Juggins at No. 2 singles and Blank cruised past Ben Hoogland, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 4 to give UNCW a 3-0 advantage.

Sophomore Zach Hublitz then clinched the championship by dominating Scott Huang, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 6 singles.

“Any championship is very special, but this one means a lot,” DuBois continued. “I really wanted to send our two seniors out with a championship. Chris (Cooprider) and Kosta (Blank) definitely deserved it after all they have done. Secondly, our team came so close to beating some top teams earlier in the year. It was so important to me to get back to the NCAA’s to give our group one more chance to compete with the top teams in the country.

“I am very thankful, too, to all of the people that support our program. I can’t express how much it means to us and what a difference it makes.”

The Seahawks, who rode a bye into Saturday’s semfinals, did not lose a set in the CAA Tournament, beating No. 4 Drexel and No. 2 W&M by identical 4-0 scores. In addition, Sunday’s result over the Tribe marked the 13th shutout of the season in 22 matches for the Seahawks.