|Aita, Sekely Win CAA Tourney Accolades|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Seniors Rafael Aita and Angie Sekely, who keyed UNCW’s impressive sweep of the Colonial Athletic Association Tennis Championships last weekend, have been named the Most Outstanding Performers at the three-day event in Williamsburg, Va.
The Seahawks won both championships in the same year for the first time and will learn their NCAA destinations on Tuesday (April 29) during special selection shows on NCAA.com. The men’s show begins at 5 p.m., Eastern, and the women’s edition starts at 5:30 p.m.
Aita, ranked 52nd nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, won two matches at No. 1 singles and once at No. 1 doubles to spark UNCW to its fourth CAA men’s championship in six years. He defeated James Madison’s Rob Stirling, 6-4, 6-1 in the Seahawks’ 4-0 triumph over the Dukes in the semifinals, and then rolled past College of Charleston’s Brice Allanic, 6-2, 6-1, as UNCW routed the Cougars, 4-0, in the finals.
The two-time CAA Player-of-the-Year owns a 14-4 singles record this spring and is ranked No. 94 in doubles with partner Sam Williams. He has 64 career singles victories, one shy of the school record.
Sekely, meanwhile, compiled a perfect 3-0 mark at No. 1 singles to power the Seahawks to their first CAA women’s crown. The Ontario, Canada, product cruised past Hofstra’s Sarah Bowen, 6-1, 6-0, in the quarterfinals and defeated JMU’s Taylor Pinchoff, 6-2, 6-4, as UNCW eliminated the Dukes, 4-0, in the semifinals.
Sekely then nailed down UNCW’s first title when she defeated First-Team All-CAA performer Kelly Kambourelis of the College of Charleston in the deciding match. Sekely fought off several set points to win a tie-breaker in the opening set, 7-6 (7-1), and then rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second set to win, 6-3, as UNCW pulled out a 4-3 victory.
Sekely was the first Seahawk to be named CAA Player-of-the-Year and owns an 18-1 record this spring, including a 14-game winning streak that stretches back to Feb. 17.