WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Two weeks after competing in the singles and doubles draws at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships, six UNCW players have landed national rankings in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s final poll of the season.

Junior Rafael Aita, the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Year, finished at No. 52 in the singles rankings after climbing as high as No. 17 earlier in the season. The Lima, Peru, netter closed out the year with a 16-5 record, playing all but one match at the top of the lineup.

The Seahawks featured three doubles teams in the rankings. UNCW’s senior tandem of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider went 13-5 in matches at No. 1 and ended up 22nd nationally after being ranked as high as eighth earlier in the spring.

Blank and Cooprider battled the nation’s top two doubles teams in close matches this year. The pair defeated Mac Styslinger and Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia, who finished ranked No. 2, at the Virginia Ranked+1 Invitational in September, and lost a tough matchup to No. 1 Raphael Hemmeier and Henrique Cunha of Duke in the doubles final of the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championship in Cary, N.C.

Aita and sophomore Sam Williams went a perfect 15-0 this season in doubles, including 14-0 at the No. 2 position, to earn a final ranking of No. 33. In addition, sophomores Kaue Pereira and Michael Reilly wound up No. 86 in the poll.

The UNCW team, which enjoyed its fourth postseason appearance in five seasons, had a final ranking of No. 43.

UNCW captured its third Colonial Athletic Association championship and advanced to the NCAA Regionals in Durham, where the Seahawks stunned No. 18 South Carolina before succumbing to No. 9 Duke.