WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - After racking up a 17-5 record and the program’s 22nd Colonial Athletic Association Championship, the William and Mary women’s tennis team is headed to Charlottesville for the first and second round of the 2013 NCAA Championships at the Snyder Tennis Center, May 11-12. The Tribe earned its 19th NCAA bid overall and 15th in the last 19 years by virtue of the CAA’s automatic bid following the program’s league title on April 21. W&M will face Big 12 Champion and No. 25-ranked Texas in the opening round on Saturday, May 11, at 9 a.m.
The host and No. 14-seeded Virginia Cavaliers will play Northeast Conference Champion Fairleigh Dickinson in the other first round match-up at noon. Virginia is a national seed for the third straight season and advanced to the Round of 16 in both 2011 and 2012. The Cavaliers are 17-9 on the year, including a 7-3 mark at home, while Fairleigh Dickinson owns an 11-6 record on the year.
Winners of three straight and five of its last six, the Green and Gold was ranked as high as No. 25 this season and is currently No. 48 in the latest ITA national rankings, released on April 23. The Tribe captured its 22nd CAA Championship with a 4-0 win over UNCW on April 21. W&M owns a pair of top-30 victories on the season, knocking off then-No. 19 Mississippi, 4-3, on Jan. 22 and then-No. 30 South Carolina, 4-3, on Feb. 17. The Green and Gold lineup features five All-CAA players. Junior Maria Belaya was named the CAA Player of the Year and following the league championship was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the event. Freshman Leeza Nemchinov was the CAA Rookie of the Year and a First-Team All-CAA choice in singles along with Belaya and senior Anik Cepeda. Juniors Jeltje Loomans and Hope Johnson garnered second and third-team all-league honors in singles as well. Belaya and Loomans, who are ranked No. 11 nationally in doubles, comprise a First-Team All-CAA pair, while Cepeda and Johnson were named first-team all-conference in doubles as well for the second time.
Texas is coming off its second straight Big 12 Championship and holds 17-10 on the campaign. The Longhorns upset No. 17-ranked Texas Tech in the Big 12 semifinals on the way to the league crown. UT has won seven of its last eight matches entering the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorn lineup features a pair national top-40 singles players in No. 33 Breaunna Addison and No. 39 Aeriel Ellis. Addison and Noel Scott combine to comprise the No. 18-ranked doubles team in the country. Texas leads the all-time series with W&M at 12-3, including a 5-1 win over the Tribe in the team’s last meeting in 2012. The Green and Gold tallied a 4-3 victory over then-No. 16 Texas in the 2009 season opener in Williamsburg.
The winner of the first-round matches in Charlottesville will square off on Sunday, May 12, at 1 p.m., for a spot in the NCAA Round of 16. The regional winner will advance to the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship Round of 16 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex in Urbana, Ill. The team championship will be held May 16-21 with the NCAA Individual Championships to follow, May 22-27. The NCAA Individual Championship selections will be released on Wednesday, May 1.
2013 NCAA Tennis Championship First and Second Rounds
Saturday, May 11
9 a.m. – William and Mary vs. Texas
12 p.m. – Virginia vs. Fairleigh Dickinson
Sunday, May 12
1 p.m. – Women’s Second Round