__Team hopes to recreate ’05 CAA tournament success__
The men’s tennis team enters the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament with hopes of reliving the glory of their championship run from the 2005 season. Virginia Commonwealth University, the same team the College defeated for the title in 2005, returns to the CAA tournament as defending champion, top seed, and one of the four teams competing ranked nationally in the top 50.
p. The Tribe, currently ranked 36th in the nation, received the three-seed and a first round bye, setting up a quarterfinal match against James Madison University today at 4:30 p.m. at the Huntington Park Tennis Center in Newport News.
p. The Tribe’s season record of 15-10 has enabled them to hold a high ranking this season, but the College has also had cause to celebrate individual rankings within the team. Senior Colin O’Brien and junior Alex Cojanu are the 20th-ranked doubles team in the nation, having ranked as high as 6th earlier in the year. Cojanu and freshman Keziel Juneau are also ranked in doubles, holding the no. 35 national ranking. This week, the duo earned their third CAA Doubles Team of the Week honors of the season. Cojanu continues to have a standout season in singles as well, as he holds the no. 97 ranking nationally.
p. The College’s 15 wins mark only the eighth season since 1977 that the Tribe has achieved the 15-win plateau. Seven of those seasons have come under current head coach Peter Daub. If the Tribe emerges victorious this weekend, it would give O’Brien two CAA titles during his collegiate athletic career.
p. The winner of the CAA Championship receives an automatic bid to play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.