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Belaya Named CAA Player of the Week; W&M Moves up to No. 37 Nationally
Updated: Sunday 02/20/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - To the victors go the spoils, and those distinctions continued to roll in for the William and Mary women's tennis team this week. After clinching the Tribe's 4-3 upset of No. 30-ranked South Carolina, junior Maria Belaya was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. As a team, W&M continued its ascension of the Campbell's Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Rankings, moving up to No. 37 in the poll.

The No. 37 national ranking marks the highest for the Green and Gold since it was No. 32 on Feb. 18, 2010 following a win over then-No. 27-ranked Florida International. With its weekend wins over West Virginia and No. 30 South Carolina, the Tribe improved to 8-2 on the season, its best start since winning 11 straight to open the 2007 campaign.

Belaya, who earned her second weekly CAA honor in as many weeks, upped her season ledger to 12-8 overall and 6-4 in dual-match play with a pair of wins during the week. She downed Audrey Wooland of West Virginia, 6-4, 6-0, at the top position in the Tribe's 6-1 victory over the Mountaineers. With the Tribe leading the No. 30 Gamecocks, 3-2, Belaya pulled off a three-set triumph at the top spot over No. 59 nationally ranked Jaklin Alawi to clinch the Green and Gold's second win over a national top-30 foe this season.

The CAA Player of the Week honor was the second singles accolade in Belaya's career after she earned the honor last season following a three-set win over the No. 30-ranked player in the country from Texas. Last week, Belaya and doubles partner Jeltje Loomans, who are ranked No. 4 nationally, were named the CAA Doubles Team of the Week for the first time in 2013 and the sixth time overall.

Belaya and the Tribe return to action when they close out a four-match homestand with a Saturday doubleheader on Feb. 23. The Green and Gold hosts Ivy League foe Penn at 10 a.m., before welcoming CAA counterpart James Madison to the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center at 4 p.m. Live stats for both matches will be available at

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