FLUSHING, New York – Rafael Aita and Sam Williams made history on Thursday by becoming UNCW’s first competitors in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Tennis Championships, but the result wasn’t quite what they wanted.

The tandem fell to Columbia’s Ashok Narayana and Max Schnur, 8-2, at the USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Narayana and Schnur had knocked off No. 3-seeded Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow earlier in the day, 8-3.

"We had a tough day transitioning to the indoor courts,” said Mait DuBois, UNCW’s seventh-year head coach.  We never were really able to get ourselves into the match. Give credit to Columbia’s team. They really came out aggressively and played the right match to beat us. We will continue to make adjustments and try to take a step forward tomorrow."

The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, slated for Thursday through Sunday (Nov. 7-10), serve as the culmination of the fall college tennis season. Hosted by Columbia, the prestigious event features a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for men and women.

Aita (Lima, Peru) and Williams (Bristol, England) punched their ticket to the event by completing an impressive unbeaten run in the ITA Carolina Regional at Cary Tennis Park last month. The pair is guaranteed to play at least four matches in New York.

The field includes the men’s and women’s champions from each of the 12 Division I USTA/ITA Regional Championships held across the country in October, winners of the USTA/ITA National Small College Super Bowl, singles quarterfinalists from the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships, singles semifinalists from the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships along with consolation champions and doubles finalists from both All-American events.

This year marks the fourth consecutive year the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships will be held at the home of the US Open.

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