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Displaying the dominance that has been prevalent during their current nine-match winning streak, UNCW won its fourth Colonial Athletic Association men’s tennis championship with a 4-0 victory over the College of Charleston early Sunday at William & Mary’s Millie West Tennis Facility.
The 46th-ranked and top-seeded Seahawks earned the CAA’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament and pushed their record to 15-6 on the season.
The shutout gave the UNCW back-to-back titles and their fourth CAA crown in six years.
“It was a real challenge for us as the No. 1 seed going in, but I was very pleased with how our guys handled it,” said Mait DuBois, UNCW’s seventh-year head coach. “Winning the conference championship is always a goal for us and it’s a relief to know that we accomplished one of our goals.
“You have to give a lot of credit to the College of Charleston. They brought a lot of energy into the match and it was an intense match and a lot of fun.”
UNCW successfully defended its title Sunday with the same recipe it has used over the last month. The Seahawks have shut out three of their last four opponents and improved to 6-4 against nationally ranked teams with Sunday’s convincing win over the Cougars.
Lady Seahawks complete conference sweep
The No. 1-seeded Seahawks won their 11th straight match and it couldn’t have been any more dramatic as Coach Evan Clark’s team edged No. 2 seed College of Charleston 4-3 to capture their first Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Tennis Championship late Sunday at William & Mary’s Millie West Tennis Facility.
UNCW extended its record to 17-3 overall and finished a perfect 7-0 in the CAA with Sunday’s thrilling win. The Seahawks downed No. 8 Hofstra, No. 4 James Madison and No. 2 CofC in succession en route to the championship.
The Seahawks made their first appearance in the CAA finals last spring and were determined to take advantage of this year’s return trip. With the match knotted at three-all, it all came down to the No. 1 singles match, where 2014 CAA Player of the Year Angie Sekely delivered a 7-6 (1), 6-3 victory against Kelly Kambourelis to secure the school’s first conference women’s title.
“It was a special day for a special group of players,” said Clark. “We talked last night about finding a way to win. It was a tight match and we just found a way. Give credit to the College of Charleston for playing a tough match.
“It makes it even more special to be the first team in the school’s history to win the conference title. I was fortunate to inherit a great group and we added on to it. It’s a nice feeling to get that first one.”