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Men's Tennis Garners No. 6 Seed in CAA Championships
Updated: Tuesday 04/16/2012 (ET)
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Richmond, Va. - The William and Mary men's tennis team will be the No. 6 seed in the Virginia 529 Colonial Athletic Association Championships, slated for April 19-22 at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va. The Tribe will open play against No. 3 seeded and No. 41-ranked UNCW on Friday, April 20, at 8:30 a.m.

The Tribe is coming off a pair of CAA setback to No. 36 VCU and Old Dominion last week. W&M suffered a 5-2 loss at VCU on Wednesday, before dropping a 4-3 decision to the Monarchs on Saturday. Sophomore Ben Guthrie and graduate student Robert Pietrucha each tallied a pair of wins at the No. 3 and No. 5 singles posts against the league foes, while sophomore John Banks notched his 15th win of the year against the Monarchs. W&M enters the CAA Championships at 10-15 on the year.

UNCW has won six of its last seven matches and sits at 15-5 on the year. The Seahawks closed out the regular season with a 7-0 win over East Carolina after suffering a 5-2 setback at Georgia State. Rafael Aita is the Seahawks top singles player and is ranked No. 89 nationally. He is 15-4 overall with nine victories at the No. 1 singles post. The Seahawks top doubles team of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider is 16-3 on the season.

The quarterfinals will be the first meeting between the Tribe and Seahawks this season. The last time the teams met, UNCW registered a 4-2 victory over the Tribe as part of the BYU Invitational last season. The winner of the W&M-UNCW matchup will face Georgia State, George Mason or Hofstra in the semifinals at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. The CAA Championship match is slated for Sunday, April 22, at 10 a.m. VCU, which is ranked No. 36 nationally, is the No. 1 seed in the event, while Georgia State, which is rated No. 51 in the country, is the No. 2 seed.

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