|Seahawks Move Step Closer To NCAA Berth|
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – Top-seeded UNCW made quick work of No. 4 Drexel, 4-0, on Saturday to advance to the championship match of the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Tennis Championship at William & Mary’s Millie West Tennis Facility.
The 54th-ranked Seahawks hiked their record to 17-4 and will battle No. 2 seed and host William & Mary on Sunday at 2 p.m. for the CAA’s berth to the NCAA Tournament. W&M edged James Madison, 4-2, in the other semifinal pairing.
Coach Mait DuBois and his club reached the CAA finals for the fourth time in the last five years by blistering the Dragons. The streaking Seahawks have won nine straight matches since a loss at No. 20 Clemson on March 9.
UNCW’s No. 2 doubles team of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams, ranked 54th by the ITA, clobbered Drexel’s Badr Ouabdelmoumen and Xabier Saavedra, 8-1, to set the tone early and the top tandem of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider, ranked 28th, clinched the early point by rolling over Dan Koehler and Skyler Davis.
In singles, the Seahawks won the first three matches off the court and were in total control of the other three tilts before the match was stopped.
Cooprider crushed Jegenathan Srinvassn, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 singles for his ninth straight win to increase the score to 2-0 and Aita, ranked 64th, breezed past Ouabdelmoumen, 6-1, 6-0, at the top of the lineup to raise the score to 3-0.
Blank then clinched the match by dominating Koehler, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 4 singles. The Winnipeg, Canada, product raised his record to 14-4.
UNCW is seeking its third CAA crown after winning in 2009 and 2011. W&M advances to the CAA championship match for the first time since 2010 and has won three conference titles, including gold in 2005.