PETERSBURG, VA – The Winston-Salem State Rams (18-11) finished their unlikely run winning the 2013 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men's Tennis Championship with a 5-0 win over the Chowan Hawks. After entering the tournament as the lowest seed, the Rams took control early and finished their run to the championship with a dominant effort in the championship match.
"I'm proud of these guys. The 6:00 a.m. practices, they complained, but they fought through and that's what it's all about," WSSU tennis head coach Brian Coxton said. "It's the championship and everybody has to come hard and that's what they did today and I'm proud of them."
The Rams opened the day with an impressive 8-0 win at #3 doubles with the duo of junior Chris Jeter and sophomore Drew Dunzweiler taking the win. The team continued to roll in #2 doubles when freshmen Corey Bonnette and Josh Aubrey took an 8-4 win and completed the effort with a #1 doubles win by junior Creighton Jones and sophomore Jonathan Aubrey.
In singles play, it was Jonathan Aubrey who set the stage with a 6-1, 6-0 win at #3 singles while Jeter completed the win with a 6-4, 6-0 win to finish the 5-0 win for the Rams.
"It's about heart and pride and after every practice, that's what I told them," Coxton added. "I made sure that we realized that that's what it would take to get the win today."
With the win, the Rams claim the 2013 CIAA Men's Tennis Championship. Bonnette was honored as the 2013 CIAA Men't Championship Tournament MVP. For more information on WSSU Tennis, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.