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Nationally-Ranked Tribe Hosts CAA-Foe UNCW on Saturday
Updated: Thursday 02/01/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - After moving into the Campbell's ITA National Rankings for the first time this season on Wednesday, the William and Mary women's tennis team will open Colonial Athletic play against UNCW on Saturday afternoon. The Tribe hosts the Seahawks at 5 p.m. at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. Live stats will be available for the match at

New for the 2013 dual match season, the ITA Women's Tennis Hall of Fame, which is housed in the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center, will be open for fans to enjoy during Tribe home matches at the facility. The ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame was created to celebrate the milestones in women's collegiate tennis. The Hall of Fame aspires to preserve the history and further the development of women's intercollegiate tennis through the collection of printed materials, trophies, photographs, equipment and other significant items.

The Green and Gold moved into the No. 53 spot in the national ranking released on Wednesday, thanks to a 4-2 dual-match mark. Last week, the Tribe upset No. 19-ranked Mississippi, 4-3, on Jan. 22, before splitting a pair of matches against nationally-ranked competition in Boston. W&M bounced the host and No. 71 Harvard, 5-2, on Friday, before dropping a nailbiter to No. 64 Kansas State, 4-3, on Saturday. Senior Anik Cepeda and junior Hope Johnson both posted 3-0 marks during the week. Junior Jeltje Loomans clinched the Green and Gold win over Ole Miss with a three-set victory at the No. 2 spot, while also picking up a triumph against the Crimson.

UNCW will open the 2013 dual-match campaign against James Madison on Friday in Norfolk, Va. The Seahawk are led by first-year head coach Evan Clark, who took over the program at the beginning of the 2012-13 campaign after serving as an assistant coach at Maryland. UNCW returns seven players from last season's team, which posted a 15-7 mark and was ranked as high as No. 67 nationally. Leading the way for the Seahawks are a trio of returning All-CAA players in sophomore Alyssa Ritchie, who was the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2012, as well as juniors Kelly Cameron and Angie Sekely.

W&M leads the all-time series against UNCW at 7-0. The last regular season meeting between the CAA rivals was in 2003. The teams met in the 2011 post season as the Green and Gold blanked the Seahawks, 4-0, in the CAA semifinals. Both Loomans and Cepeda picked up singles wins in the Tribe victory.

Following the match with the UNCW, W&M will travel to Blacksburg, Va., to face Virginia Tech on Saturday, Feb. 9, at noon. The Tribe returns home, opening a four-match homestand against West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 16, before welcoming No. 30 South Carolina to Williamsburg on Sunday, Feb. 17.

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