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William & Mary - 2013 CAA Women's Tennis Champions

W&M Captures CAA Women's Tennis Championship

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 04/21/2013
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 21, 2013) – Top-seeded William & Mary defeated #2 UNCW, 4-0, to capture the 2013 CAA Women’s Tennis Championship on Sunday afternoon at the Millie West Tennis Facility on the campus of William & Mary.

It was the league-record 22nd CAA women’s tennis title for the Tribe, who improved to 17-5 and earned the CAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship. UNCW, which was appearing in the CAA championship match for the first time, dropped to 14-7 after losing for just the second time in the past 10 matches.

The Tribe jumped out to a quick start in the doubles competition. At No. 2, the W&M duo of Anik Cepeda and Hope Johnson rolled to an 8-2 victory over Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie. Minutes later, the Tribe’s top tandem of Maria Belaya and Leeza Nemchinov also posted an 8-2 win over Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevich to clinch the doubles point.

In singles, W&M used strong performances at the top of the lineup to take control. Belaya, the CAA Player of the Year, topped Sekely, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 and Nemchinov, the CAA Rookie of the Year, followed with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Christina Riley at No. 2. The Tribe earned the decisive point at No. 4 when Jeltje Loomans beat Ritchie, 7-5, 6-2.



Millie West Tennis Facility – Williamsburg, Va.


#1 William & Mary 4, #2 UNCW 0



#1 Maria Belaya (W&M) d. Angie Sekely (UNCW), 6-1, 6-2

#2 Leeza Nemchinov (W&M) d. Christina Riley (UNCW), 6-3, 6-2

#3 Anik Cepeda (W&M) vs. Olga Blank (UNCW) – DNF, 6-4, 5-3

#4 Jeltje Loomans (W&M) d. Alyssa Ritchie (UNCW), 7-5, 6-2

#5 Hope Johnson (W&M) vs. Kelly Cameron (UNCW) – DNF, 6-7 (4), 4-3

#6 Sydney Smith (W&M) vs. Christine Kharkevich (UNCW) – DNF, 3-6, 6-2, 1-1

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4


#1 Belaya/Nemchinov (W&M) d. Blank/Kharkevich (UNCW), 8-2

#2 Cepeda/Johnson (W&M) d. Sekely/Ritchie (UNCW), 8-2

#3 Loomans/Smith (W&M) vs. Cameron/Miller Hales (UNCW) – DNF, 6-4

Order of Finish: 2, 1