|Seahawks Chase History In Williamsburg|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – In a city and area that exudes history, UNCW seeks its first Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Tennis Championship this weekend in Colonial Williamsburg.
The Seahawks, 14-3, are the league’s hottest team entering the three-day event at the College of William & Mary’s Millie West Tennis Facility. Coach Evan Clark’s team has reeled off nine consecutive wins, not losing in nearly 50 days.
UNCW earned the No. 1 seed for the first time and will play No. 8 Hofstra in a quarterfinal matchup at 3 p.m. on Friday.
“It’s an honor to be the No. 1 seed, but we realize it’s just a number and we’re going to have to take it one match at a time like we have all year and see what happens,” said Clark. “We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. We’re healthy and our legs are fresh. We feel like we can really make a push to win the conference.”
The senior trio of Olga Blank, Kelly Cameron and Angie Sekely will provide leadership this weekend. Overall, the Seahawks are 79-20 (.798) in singles and 35-9 (.795) in doubles play heading into the tournament.
The Seahawks cruised past the four conference opponents they faced during the dual match season (College of Charleston, Delaware, James Madison, Towson) and own a perfect 5-0 lifetime mark against the Pride, including a 5-0 victory in last year’s event.
UNCW shut out Hofstra in last year’s quarterfinals and topped James Madison, 4-1, in the semifinals before falling to host and 22-time champion W&M, 4-0, in the title match,
“We played Hofstra in the first round last year, so we’re familiar with them,” Clark added. “We know we’ll get their best shot. We’re just excited to get the tournament started.”
Sekely, from Ontario, Canada, has turned in one of the best performances in the program’s history, going 15-1 with an 11-match winning streak on the line in the CAA Tournament. Her only loss this season came back on Feb. 17 in a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3 defeat on the road to Elon’s Jordan Johnston.
The UNCW women advanced to the championship match for the first time one year ago, leaving Clark and his returning players hungry for another chance at history.
“It would be a tremendous feeling for our team to win the conference title,” said Clark. “Our players have worked extremely hard and it would be exciting to see them win it for the first time.
2014 CAA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships
April 18-20, 2014 – Millie West Tennis Facility – College of William & Mary – Williamsburg, Va.
Friday, April 18, 2014 – Quarterfinals
9 a.m. - Men - #2 College of Charleston vs. #7 Delaware; #3 William & Mary vs. #6 Hofstra
Noon – Men - #4 James Madison vs. #5 Drexel
3 p.m. – Women - #1 UNCW vs. #8 Hofstra; #4 James Madison vs. #5 Delaware
6 p.m. – Women - #2 College of Charleston vs. #7 Towson; #3 William & Mary vs. #6 Drexel
Saturday, April 19, 2014 – Semifinals
10 a.m. – Men - #1 UNCW vs. JMU/Drexel winner; CofC/Delaware winner vs. W&M/Hofstra winner
2 p.m. – Women – UNCW/Hofstra winner vs. JMU/Delaware winner; CofC/Towson winner vs. W&M/Drexel winner
Sunday, April 20, 2014 – Championships
10 a.m. – Men’s Championship
2 p.m. – Women’s Championship