Bowie, MD – The Shaw University Lady Bears (21-2) claimed their second straight Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championship taking a 5-0 win over the Johnson C. Smith University Golden Bulls (16-11). The Lady Bears had to fend off a feisty JCSU team to claim their second straight conference championship.
“We are the defending champions so we knew what we had coming in,” Shaw head coach Sunday Enitan said. “Johnson C. Smith has a good team and we knew that they would bring their ‘A’ game and we had to match their intensity and the girls did that today.”
As expected, the match began with some thrilling play in doubles competition. The Shaw duo of Simbiat Aleem and Helene Fekete got things started with an impressive 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles. The win was followed by the Shaw duo of Carmen Matecon and Andrijana Martic claiming an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles. The most compelling match in doubles play came at the No. 1 spot where Daniele Vanko and Marilyne Kamegne held off the Golden Bulls for an 8-4 win at #1 doubles. The effort left the Lady Bears with a 3-0 lead heading into singles play.
The singles matches were just as exciting. Shaw took control early when Fekete took a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles. It was Vanko who clinched the championship with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. Vanko was honored as the 2018 CIAA Women’s Tennis Championship MVP.
With the victory, the Lady Bears claim an automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament. Selections for the tournament will be announced Tuesday, April 24th via web stream on www. NCAA.com.