WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently released its final national and regional rankings for the 2013 campaign, and the William and Mary women’s tennis team was prevalent among both lists. As a team, the Green and Gold capped the season at No. 44 nationally and No. 4 in the ITA Atlantic Region. Juniors Maria Belaya and Jetlje Loomans as well as freshman Leeza Nemchinov were ranked among the top players in the country and Atlantic Region.
Under first-year head coach Tyler Thomson, who was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Coach of the Year, W&M finished with a 17-6 mark on the way to its 22nd CAA Championship. The Tribe advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 19th time in school history. The Green and Gold was ranked as high as No. 25 nationally during the season and finished the year with wins over No. 34 South Carolina and No. 38 Ole Miss during the dual match season.
Belaya and Loomans, who advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championship, finished the season ranked No. 13 nationally. The duo, which was rated as high as No. 2 nationally during the spring season, finished the campaign at 23-5 and was a First-Team All-CAA choice for the second straight season. Belaya and Loomans were also ranked No. 1 in the ITA Atlantic Region among doubles teams. The twosome won the ITA Atlantic Region Doubles Championship during the fall season and eight of its wins came against teams that finished the year nationally ranked.
Belaya and Nemchinov ranked among the top 10 in the final ITA Atlantic Region Singles Rankings, making W&M one of only three schools (along with Virginia and Virginia Tech) to have two top-10 singles players. Belaya, who earned a spot in the NCAA Singles Championship as a automatic bid from the CAA, was ranked No. 6 in the region after finishing the season with a 21-13 ledger. She was ranked as high as No. 116 nationally during the spring and owned two wins over the national top-60. Belaya was named CAA Player of the Year, a First-Team All-CAA player in both singles and doubles and the Most Outstanding Player of the CAA Championship.
The CAA Rookie of the Year, Nemchinov was ranked No. 9 in the Atlantic Region. She ranked second on the Tribe with 23 singles wins during the season, including an impressive 17-5 ledger in dual-match play at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles posts. Nemchinov was one of three Tribe players to garner First-Team All-CAA accolades.