By Travis Rae, NAIA Communications and Sports Information Intern
MOBILE, Ala. – (Box Score) (Bracket) By defeating William Carey (Miss.), 5-1, Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) has claimed the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship for the third-straight year on Saturday afternoon. The Warhawks have claimed nine titles in ten years.
“I am very excited for this accomplishment of winning the national championship,” said Auburn Montgomery’s Head Coach Rolando Vargas said. “We knew we had to start strong. We knew we had to come out on fire because we knew otherwise it would be a tough match. All my singles players came on fire and each of the girls knew they would rely on each other.”
Auburn Montgomery earned the first point of the match by winning No. 3 doubles. Morgane Zowczak and Hagar Caro teamed up to defeat William Carey’s team of Anastasiya Zvyagintesva and Malin Collin, 8-2. The Warhawks also claimed No. 1 doubles, 8-3. William Carey earned one point in doubles by winning No. 2 doubles, 8-2.
Auburn Montgomery held a 2-1 lead after completion of doubles.
Auburn Montgomery did not let the Lady Crusaders get anything going in singles action. The Warhawks took a 4-1 lead after No. 1 and 2 singles were complete. Auburn Montgomery’s Tiffany William defeated Sarah Maria Spruc, 6-1, 6-2, to give the Warhawks a 3-1 lead.
The lead grew to 4-1 within five minutes as the Warhawks’ Jade Curtis defeated Carola Orna, 6-1, 6-1. Curtis, who finishes the season 21-0 in No. 1 singles action was named Marvin P. Richmond Outstanding Player award for the second time in her career. Curtis also claimed the award in 2011.
The clinching match was No. 3 singles as Morgane Zowczak won the national championship for Auburn Montgomery by defeating Maja Vuzem, 6-2, 6-2.
The national title is the 13th in school history for the Warhawks. Auburn Montgomery’s Head Coach Rolando Vargas was named coach of the year. This was the third-straight year Coach Vargas has won that title.