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UNCW's Aita Headlines All-CAA Men's Tennis Team

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          Release: 04/18/2013
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 18, 2013) – UNCW junior Rafael Aita (Lima, Peru) was chosen as the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association men’s tennis Player of the Year by a committee of the league’s head coaches.

Also earning top honors from the conference were James Madison freshman Robert Stirling (Caboolture, Australia), who was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Year, and UNCW’s Mait DuBois, who was chosen as the CAA Coach of the Year.

Aita compiled a 14-5 singles record this spring as UNCW’s top player, which included three victories over nationally ranked opponents. The junior is currently ranked #64 in the nation in singles by the ITA, which is the highest of any player in the conference. Aita and partner Sam Williams also posted a perfect 11-0 mark in doubles and the duo is ranked #54 in the nation. He’s the first UNCW player to be selected as the CAA men’s tennis Player of the Year.

Stirling put together a 10-7 dual match record in singles while playing at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions for the Dukes. The freshman earned victories in seven of his final nine matches. Stirling and partner Ryan Pool won 16 doubles matches this season and the duo won six contests at the No. 1 spot during the spring. He’s only the third JMU player to be chosen as the Rookie of the Year, joining Cullen de Windt (1994) and Jared Robinson (2008).

DuBois guided UNCW to a 16-4 overall record, which included an eight-match winning streak to close the regular season. The Seahawks were ranked as high as #37 in the nation this spring and enter this weekend’s CAA Championship as the top seed and the #54 team in the country. UNCW had two wins over nationally ranked opponents and all four of its losses came to teams ranked in the top 50. The CAA Coach of the Year honor is the second for DuBois, who also received the award in 2009.

Aita was joined by three UNCW teammates on the All-CAA singles first team – senior Kosta Blank, senior Chris Cooprider and sophomore Sam Williams. Also selected to the first team in singles were Drexel sophomore Badr Ouabdelmoumen and James Madison senior Ryan Pool.

 

Three doubles teams received All-CAA first team honors as well. Making the squad were UNCW’s Blank and Cooprider, who are ranked 28th nationally, senior Anton Andersson and sophomore Aaron Chaffee of William & Mary, and UNCW’s Aita and Williams.

The awards were presented Thursday night prior to the start of the 2013 CAA Tennis Championships, which get underway on Friday at the Millie West Tennis Facility on the campus of the College of William & Mary. The tournament runs through Sunday, with the men’s championship set for 2 p.m. on April 21.

2013 ALL-CAA MEN’S TENNIS TEAMS

 

First Team

Singles

Rafael Aita, UNCW                                       Jr.                                    Lima, Peru

Kosta Blank, UNCW                                      Sr.                                   Winnipeg, Canada

Chris Cooprider, UNCW                              Sr.                                   Denver, Colo.

Badr Ouabdelmoumen, Drexel                 So.                                   Rabat, Morocco

Ryan Pool, James Madison                         Sr.                                   Melbourne, Australia

Sam Williams, UNCW                                   So.                                   Bristol, England

Doubles

Kosta Blank, UNCW                                      Sr.                                   Winnipeg, Canada

Chris Cooprider, UNCW                              Sr.                                   Denver, Colo.

Anton Andersson, William & Mary           Sr.                                   Bastad, Sweden

Aaron Chaffee, William & Mary                So.                                   Frisco, Texas

Rafael Aita, UNCW                                       Jr.                                    Lima, Peru

Sam Williams, UNCW                                   So.                                   Bristol, England

Second Team

Singles

Troy Beneck, Delaware                               Jr.                                    Wilmington, Del.

Jimmy Davis, George Mason                      Jr.                                    Manassas, Va.

Ben Hoogland, William & Mary                 Jr.                                    Glenview, Ill.

Adam Lawton, Delaware                             Jr.                                    Estepona, Spain

Kaue Pereira, UNCW                                   So.                                   Santos, Brazil

Hugo Ramadier, James Madison                Sr.                                   Paris, France

Doubles

Ben Hoogland, William & Mary                 Jr.                                    Glenview, Ill.

Adrian Vodislav, William & Mary               Sr.                                   Bucharest, Romania

Ryan Pool, James Madison                         Sr.                                   Melbourne, Australia

Robert Stirling, James Madison                 Fr.                                   Caboolture, Australia

Kaue Pereira, UNCW                                   So.                                   Santos, Brazil

Santtu Leskinen, UNCW                              Fr.                                   Helsinki, Finland

Third Team

Singles

John Banks, William & Mary                       Jr.                                    Charlotte, N.C.

Jordan Dyke, George Mason                      Sr.                                   Alexandria, Va.

Zach Hublitz, UNCW                                     So.                                   McLean, Va.

Robert Stirling, James Madison                 Fr.                                   Caboolture, Australia

Greg Vladimirsky, James Madison             Sr.                                   Staten Island, N.Y.

Adrian Vodislav, William & Mary               Sr.                                   Bucharest, Romania

Doubles

Adrien Bailly, Hofstra                                  Jr.                                    Paris, France

Ari Richman, Hofstra                                   So.                                   Phoenix, Ariz.

Troy Beneck, Delaware                               Jr.                                    Wilmington, Del.

Adam Lawton, Delaware                             Jr.                                    Estepona, Spain

Tanner Baine, George Mason                    Fr.                                   Virginia Beach, Va.

Taylor Sargent, George Mason                  Jr.                                    Littleton, Colo.

2013 CAA MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:           Rafael Aita, UNCW

2013 CAA MEN’S TENNIS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:           Robert Stirling, James Madison

2013 CAA MEN’S TENNIS COACH OF THE YEAR:            Mait DuBois, UNCW

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