RICHMOND, Va. (April 28, 2022) – The 2022 CAA Women’s Tennis Championship gets started on Friday morning with eight teams battling for the conference title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The event will be played at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center on the campus of Elon University in Elon, NC, which was the tournament host from 2016-19.
The tournament begins with four quarterfinal matches on Friday. At 10 am, # 1 Charleston faces # 8 Hofstra and # 4 Elon takes on # 5 UNCW. There are two matches at 1 pm as # 2 William & Mary meets # 7 Towson and # 3 Delaware challenges # 6 Drexel.
The Charleston / Hofstra winner takes on the Elon / UNCW winner in semifinal action at 11 am on Saturday, followed at 2 pm by the William & Mary / Towson winner against the Delaware / Drexel winner. The championship match is set for 1 pm on Sunday.
Charleston (18-6) is the top seed in the tournament for the first time since joining the conference in 2014. The Cougars, who were 6-0 against CAA opponents this season, reached the tournament finals in 2014 and 2015, but are seeking their first league title. Charleston is led by junior Slade Coetzee, who went 18-3 at No. 1 singles, and junior Halli Trinkle, who was 19-3 at No. 2 singles. The duo combined for a 13-5 mark at No. 1 double.
Perennial contender William & Mary (10-8), which has captured 26 of the CAA’s 36 all-time championships, will be the # 2 seed. The Tribe has reached the finals of the past six tournaments, but has not taken home the trophy since 2018. Senior Mila Saric, the 2021 CAA Player of the Year, is at the top of the lineup after posting a 14-3 record in singles. Freshman Hedda Gurholt plays in the No. 2 slot and compiled a 12-6 singles mark.
Delaware (18-5) is seeded third, matching its highest seed in tournament history. The Blue Hens, who have won eight of their last 10 matches, have reached the semifinals of the tournament once (2013). Junior Eliza Askarova has put together a 14-7 record at No. 1 singles, while freshman standout Alina Vasilenko has a sparkling 18-1 record at the No. 2 singles slot.
Host Elon (15-8), which has won six of its last eight, will be the # 4 seed in the tournament. The Phoenix has advanced to the semifinals of the past six tournaments, but is aiming for its first championship. Junior Sibel Tanik owns a 12-6 record at No. 1 singles, while Lizette Reding, the 2021 CAA Rookie of the Year, competes at the No. 2 slot with an 11-8 record.
Fifth-seeded UNCW (12-6) claimed the CAA title in 2014 and has reached the finals two other times (2013, 2017). Topping the Seahawks’ lineup is junior Sasha Belaya, who has posted an 8-4 record at the No. 1 singles slot and is 10-3 in doubles with partner Lauren Gish. Junior Zoe Huffman, who competes at No. 2 singles, has gone 9-7 this season.
Drexel (6-12) is seeded sixth in the tournament and comes into the event after winning three of its final four regular-season matches. Freshman Lorie Lemongo has been impressive at the No. 1 slot and enters the tournament on a six-match winning streak. Senior Tara Veluvolu is the Dragons’ No. 2 players.
Seventh-seeded Towson (9-12) has been playing well as of late, closing the year with victories in four of its final five contests. The Tigers are led by senior Themis Haliou, who went 4-3 at the No. 1 singles position this season, and senior Amelia Lawson, who posted a team-best 10-9 mark in singles.
Hofstra (4-11) will be the tournament’s eighth seed. The Pride picked up a pair of wins in their final four matches. Senior Katherine Kachkarov sits atop the Hofstra singles lineup, while sophomore Kayla Solagnier will compete at the No. 2 singles position.
There is free admission to all matches at the 2022 CAA Women’s Tennis Championship. To stay up to date with what is happening be sure to follow the CAA on Twitter (@CAASports), Instagram (@caasports) and join the conversation using the hashtag #CAAChamps. For live results, recaps, highlights and more, visit CAASports.com.