WILMINGTON, NC April 2, 2013 – UNCW’s tandem of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams has been named the Men’s Tennis Doubles Team-of-the-Week and sophomore Alyssa Ritchie has been selected Women’s Tennis Singles Player-of-the-Week by the Colonial Athletic Association.
Aita (Lima, Peru) and Williams (Bristol, England) went 2-0 last week as the No. 57-ranked Seahawks raised their record to 13-4 with key victories at South Florida and Central Florida. The pair downed USF’s Juan Carlos Gerard and Federico Sabogal, 8-5, in Tampa and followed with an 8-3 decision over UCF’s Matthew Gladstone and Juan Bolona in Orlando.
Aita and Williams, ranked 42nd nationally, are undefeated at 10-0 in doubles this season, including 1-0 at No. 1 and 9-0 at the No. 2 slot.
Ritchie, the CAA’s Rookie-of-the-Year in 2012, continues to build on last season, compiling a 12-3 singles mark this spring. The Franklin, Ohio, product has won eight consecutive singles matches and added three wins last week over opponents from Old Dominion, Delaware and UCF.
Ritchie trimmed ODU’s Nika Khmolovska, 6-4, 6-3, last Thursday and breezed past UD’s Olivia Heim, 6-2, 6-1, in straight sets on Friday. She capped off the 3-0 week with a 76- (4), 6-1 triumph over UCF’s Courtney Griffith.
CAA Tennis Player-of-the-Week Honorees
|Date||Men’s Singles||Men’s Doubles||Women’s Singles||Women’s Doubles|
|Feb. 12, 2013||Aita||Aita/Williams||Sekely||—-|
|Feb. 19, 2013||—||—||—||—|
|Feb. 27, 2013||Aita||—||—||–|
|Mar. 5, 2013||—||Blank/Cooprider||—||—|
|Mar. 13, 2013||Blank||—||Ritchie||Ritchie/Kharkevich|
|Mar. 19, 2013||Cooprider||—||Cameron (Co)||—|
|Mar. 26, 2013||—||—||—||—|
|Apr. 3, 2013||—||Aita/Williams||Ritchie||—|