WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — UNCW’s men have earned the No. 1 seed for the fourth consecutive year while the women collected the No. 5 seed for this week’s Colonial Athletic Association Tennis Championships in Elon, N.C.
An automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament awaits the winners of the four-day event, which runs Thursday through Sunday, April 21-24, 2016.
The women’s championship opens Thursday at Elon’s Jimmy Powell Tennis Center with first-round action as #8 Hofstra faces #9 Delaware at 10 a.m. Quarterfinal play gets under way at 9 a.m. on Friday with top-seeded William & Mary meeting the Hofstra/Delaware winner and #4 College of Charleston squaring off with #5 UNCW. Those matches will be followed at 1 p.m. by #2 Elon taking on #7 Drexel and #3 James Madison battling with #6 Towson.
The winners advance to Saturday’s 2 p.m. semifinal contests and the championship match is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Seahawk women, who captured the CAA title in 2014, closed out the regular season with a 9-8 dual match record, including 3-3 in conference play. Senior Christine Kharkevitch paced the club with an 11-5 record.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to play in the CAA Championships,” said first-year UNCW Women’s Head Coach Hans Olsen. “We will work in our current process all this week to make our next step of improvement as a team.”
The men’s championship, meanwhile, starts on Friday with four quarterfinal matches at the Burlington Tennis Center in Burlington, N.C. At 9 a.m., top-seeded UNCW takes on #8 Delaware and #4 William & Mary goes against #5 Drexel. At 1 p.m., #2 College of Charleston meets #7 James Madison and #3 Elon faces #6 Hofstra.
The winners move on to Saturday’s 10 a.m. semifinal contests. The championship match is set for 10 a.m. on Sunday. All three of those matches will be played at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center on Elon’s campus.
UNCW, which went 10-8 during the regular season and routed Drexel, 6-1, in its lone CAA match, has captured four CAA Men’s Championships (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014) and advanced to the NCAA Regionals five times (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) in the last seven years.
“We’re very excited about the upcoming CAA tourney and competing for another championship,” said ninth-year UNCW Men’s Head Coach Mait Dubois. “The CAA is especially tough this year and there are a number of teams playing very well. I have been very impressed with a number of teams this year and think this is the strongest it’s been over the last four years.
“The guys have been working hard and are well prepared. We will try to finalize our preparation this week and get ready to play Delaware on Thursday. They are a team we saw in the first round last year and they are coming off of a stronger year this year.”
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) – UNCW sophomore Nick Feight continued his run batted in rampage last week with 13 RBI’s and was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player-of-the-Week for second time this season.
For the week, Feight hit .529 (9-17) with three doubles and a home run, finishing with a .882 slugging percentage. Feight tied and broke his career-high for RBI’s in back-to-back wins over East Tennessee State, plating five runs in the series opener, a 15-5 win, and then knocking in six in a 17-7 rout in the middle game with ETSU.
On the season, Feight, who had just one home run and three RBI’s as a freshman, leads the nation with 59 RBI’s and ranks among the Colonial leaders in batting average (.382), hits (47), home runs (11), doubles (13), total bases (97) and slugging percentage (.789).
The Seahawks went 4-0 on the week following a three-game sweep of East Tennessee State. UNCW hit nine home runs on the weekend and plated 48 runs in the three games. The Seahawks improved to 16-1 when scoring 10 or more runs this season.
Feight joins teammate Steven Linkous as a two-time winner of CAA Player-of-the-Week honors.
UNCW continues its home stand on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. start against Campbell.
ST. JAMES PLANTATION, NC (UNCW) – Senior Meghan Theiss and sophomore Kayla Thompson each carded a 7-over par score of 79 as UNCW finished play at the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golf Championship with a fourth-place effort at St. James Plantation on Sunday afternoon.
The Seahawks, who held the lead after the opening round on Friday, posted a final round score of 318 to finish with a 940 team score. Delaware, which took the lead in the second round, compiled a 306 team score to earn the team championship while College of Charleston finished eight strokes back in second place.
Theiss finished the three-round tournament in a tie for sixth place after posting a 233 score while Thompson earned a share of 17th place following a three-round score of 241.
Senior Annette Lyche turned in an eighth-place finish after shooting an 8-over par 80 in the final round while freshman Ellinoora Moisio ended the tournament tied for ninth place with a 236 score, including an 8-over par 80 in the final round.
Sophomore Alaina Yeatts earned a piece of 17th place after shooting an 81 for the second straight round.
UNCW Individual Results: T6. Meghan Theiss 71-83-79=233; 8. Annette Lyche 80-75-80=235; T9. Ellinoora Moisio 77-79-80=236; T17. Kayla Thompson 82-80-79=241; T17. Alaina Yeatts 79-81-81=241.
Team Results: 1. Delaware 323-298-306=927 (+63); 2. College of Charleston 323-303-309=935 (+71); 3. William & Mary 313-316-309=938 (+74); 4. UNCW 307-315-318=940 (+76); 5. Elon 309-318-317=944 (+80); 6. James Madison 328-319-333=980 (+116); 7. Towson 330-322-333=985 (+121); 8. Hofstra 350-353-342=1045 (+181).
Individual Leaders: 1. Andrea Slane (Delaware) 77-71-70=218; 2. Alessandra Liu (W&M) 76-72-72=220 (+4); 3. Nathalie Filler (Delaware) 78-73-77=228; 4. Mary Chandler Bryan (CofC) 76-77-77=230; 5. Morgan Webber (CofC) 82-71-79=232; T6. Emily Brooks (Elon) 73-82-78=233; T6. Meghan Theiss (UNCW) 71-83-79=233; 8. Annette Lyche (UNCW) 80-75-80=235; T9. Ellinoora Moisio (UNCW) 77-79-80=236; T9. Mia Zanghetti (W&M) 82-79-75=236.