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UNCW's Alyssa Ritchie

W&M, UNCW Reach CAA Women's Tennis Finals

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          Release: 04/20/2013
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 20, 2013) – Top-seeded William & Mary and #2 UNCW will face off in the finals of the 2013 CAA Women’s Tennis Championship after both posted impressive semifinal victories on Saturday at the Millie West Tennis Facility on the campus of William & Mary.

The top-seeded Tribe blanked #4 Delaware, 4-0, and the second-seeded Seahawks defeated #3 James Madison, 4-1. W&M and UNCW will square off at 10 a.m. on Sunday with the winner earning the CAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

W&M took the double point after victories at the top two spots. The No. 1 tandem of Maria Belaya and Leeza Nemchinov defeated UD’s Nataliya Naumova and Christina Harrington, 8-2, and the Tribe’s No. 2 duo of Anik Cepeda and Hope Johnson followed with an 8-4 triumph over Danea Jonjic and Kim Milla, 8-4. W&M earned three straight-set wins in singles to close out the match. Jeltje Loomans topped Olivia Heim, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4, Belaya downed Jonjic, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 and Johnson beat Harrington, 6-1, 6-1.

UNCW dropped the doubles point against JMU before storming back in singles to earn a berth in the CAA championship match for the first time ever. The Seahawks got a win at No. 2 doubles as Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie defeated Cara Wirth and Katherine Bulling, 8-5. The Dukes took the other two matches, however, as the No. 3 team of Ruxandra Andriescu and Jacqueline Palmucci got past Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales, 8-5 and the No. 1 duo of Taylor Pinchoff and Michelle Nguyen edged Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevich, 8-6.

The Seahawks showed their strength at the bottom of the lineup in singles. Cameron rolled past Wirth, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5, Ritchie won 6-2, 6-2 over Bulling at No. 4, and Kharkevich topped Douglass, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6 to give UNCW a 3-1 lead. UNCW closed out the match at No. 1 as Sekely battled past Pinchoff, 7-6 (1), 6-2.

W&M has won a league-record 21 CAA women’s tennis championships, while UNCW is looking to win its first. The Tribe pulled out a narrow 4-3 win over the Seahawks during the regular season.

 

2013 CAA WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP - Semifinals

Millie West Tennis Facility – Williamsburg, Va.

 

#1 William & Mary 4, #4 Delaware 0

Singles

#1 Maria Belaya (W&M) d. Danea Jonjic (Delaware), 6-0, 6-1

#2 Leeza Nemchinov (W&M) vs. Dorothy Safron (Delaware) – DNF, 6-3, 5-3

#3 Anik Cepeda (W&M) vs. Nataliya Naumova (Delaware) – DNF, 6-6

#4 Jeltje Loomans (W&M) d. Olivia Heim (Delaware), 6-2, 6-1

#5 Hope Johnson (W&M) d. Christina Harrington (Delaware), 6-1, 6-1

#6 Sydney Smith (W&M) vs. Kim Milla (Delaware) – DNF, 6-0, 4-2

Order of Finish: 4, 1, 5

Doubles

#1 Belaya/Nemchinov (W&M) d. Naumova/Harrington (Delaware), 8-2

#2 Cepeda/Johnson (W&M) d. Jonjic/Milla (Delaware), 8-4

#3 Loomans/Smith (W&M) vs. Safron/Heim – DNF, 7-5

Order of Finish: 1, 2

 

#2 UNCW 4, #3 James Madison 1

Singles

#1 Angie Sekely (UNCW) d. Taylor Pinchoff (JMU), 7-6 (1), 6-2

#2 Christina Riley (UNCW) vs. Jacqueline Palmucci (JMU), - DNF, 6-7 (6), 5-2

#3 Olga Blank (UNCW) vs. Ruxandra Andriescu (JMU) – DNF, 6-4, 0-5

#4 Alyssa Ritchie (UNCW) d. Katherine Bulling (JMU), 6-2, 6-2

#5 Kelly Cameron (UNCW) d. Cara Wirth (JMU), 6-0, 6-2

#6 Christine Kharkevich (UNCW) d. Megan Douglass (JMU), 6-3, 6-0

Order of Finish: 5, 4, 6, 1

Doubles

#1 Pinchoff/Michelle Nguyen (JMU) d. Blank/Kharkevich (UNCW), 8-6

#2 Sekely/Ritchie (UNCW) d. Wirth/Bulling (JMU), 8-5

#3 Andriescu/Palmucci (JMU) d. Cameron/Miller Hales (UNCW), 8-5

Order of Finish:  2, 3, 1

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