BOWIE, Md. – The Shaw University women's tennis program captured its third-consecutive Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championship with a 4-1 victory over Johnson C. Smith University Saturday afternoon at the BSU Tennis Courts on the campus of Bowie State University.
The Lady Bears (17-9) captured the doubles point with a 6-4 decision at the No. 2 doubles from senior Teodora Jovanovic (Nis, Serbia) and junior Helena Fekete (Belgrade, Serbia) while the No. 1 doubles tandem of senior Carmen Mantecon (Madrid, Spain) and junior Sirie Dibe (Tucumon, Argentina) were 7-5 victors.
With a 1-0 lead in favor of Shaw, JCSU (15-12) was able to earn a point for the No. 1 singles, as Jovanovic suffered a 6-0, 6-1 setback to even the score 1-1 but Mantecon put the Lady Bears ahead (2-1) after picking up a 6-0, 6-0 win at the No. 2 spot. Freshman Eva Ostermeier (Munich, Germany) claimed a 6-0, 6-1 victory at the No. 6 singles before Dibe iced the match with a hard fought 6-1, 6-1 win for the 3-peat.
Mantecon was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player. Since 2001, Shaw has now won 10 of the 18 total CIAA champions for women's tennis under the leadership of head coach Sunday Enitan.
The victory also marks an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament which will count as the third-straight appearance for the Lady Bears. Shaw will now await the seeding for NCAA Regional play of the Atlantic Region and the opponents in two weeks.
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