WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men’s tennis team’s quest for the Colonial Athletic Association Championship came to an end in the title match against No. 54 UNCW on Sunday afternoon at theTennis Facility. The Seahawks downed the Tribe, 4-0, winning the doubles point and claiming singles victories at the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6 positions. The Green and Gold closes out the year with a 12-15 record, while UNCW improved to 18-4.
UNCW outdistanced the Tribe in doubles on the strength of its nationally-ranked teams at the top two positions. Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider, who are ranked No. 28 nationally, downed the Tribe’s First-Team All-CAA duo of senior Anton Andersson and Aaron Chaffee, 8-3, snapping W&M’s seven-match win streak. At No 2, Rafael Aita and Sam Williams, who are ranked No. 54 nationally and undefeated on the year at 13-0, clinched the initial point of the match, topping juniors John Banks and Ben Guthrie, 8-1.
The Seahawks won the first three singles matches off the court to claim its third CAA Championship in the last five seasons. At No. 2 singles, Cooprider downed sophomore Will Juggins, 6-3, 6-1, to give UNCW a 2-0 lead. Blank and Zach Hublitz finished nearly simultaneously at the No. 4 and No. 6 positions to cement the Seahawks title.
At the No. 5 singles position, Banks was on pace to get the Tribe on the board, before the Seahawks clinched the championship. The Tribe junior won the opening set, 6-3, from UNCW’s Kaue Pereira and led 4-2 in the second before the match was abandoned with the championship decided. Banks earned Third-Team All-CAA honors on the singles side and finished the year on an eight-match winning streak with a team-best 21 wins.
#54 UNCW 4, William and Mary 0
No. 1 – #64 Rafael Aita (UNCW) vs. Aaron Chaffee (W&M) – DNF, 6-1, 4-3
No. 2 – Chris Cooprider (UNCW) def. Will Juggins (W&M) – 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 – Sam Williams (UNCW) vs. Ben Guthrie (W&M) – DNF, 6-3, 4-3
No. 4 – Kosta Blank (UNCW) def. Ben Hoogland (W&M) – 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 – John Banks (W&M) vs. Kaue Pereira (UNCW) – DNF, 6-3, 4-2
No. 6 – Zach Hublitz (UNCW) def. Scott Huang (W&M) – 6-3, 6-2
Finishing Order: 2, 4, 6*
No. 1 – #28 Blank/Cooprider (UNCW) def. Andersson/Chaffee (W&M) – 8-3
No. 2 – #54 Aita/Williams (UNCW) def. Banks/Guthrie (W&M) – 8-1
No. 3 – Leskinen/Pereira (UNCW) vs. Hoogland/Juggins (W&M) – DNF, 5-3
Finishing Order: 1, 2*