Hofstra, seeded 10th, will face #7 Delaware in its opening round match Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The Pride enter the CAA Championships with a 6-13 record and have lost four straight matches. Elena Ivanova, who plays No. 1 singles, has been Hofstra's top player this season and enters the tournament with a 15-13 singles mark. Brooke Sailer is the only other Pride player with double-figure wins as she has compiled a 12-14 overall record.
Hofstra and Delaware met during the regular season in Newark, DE, with the Blue Hens posting a 7-0 victory.
The CAA women's tennis championship has had three different champions over the past three years and this year's tournament features several strong title contenders.
VCU, which is ranked #43 in the nation, earned the tournament's top seed after going 17-4 overall this season, including a 5-0 mark in CAA play. The Rams have won three CAA titles, most recently in 2010. VCU is led by seniors Alex Bara and Ana Bara, who have combined for 17 victories while playing at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions.
UNCW is seeded second in the tournament, which is its best seed ever. The Seahawks, who are 14-6 overall and 6-1 in CAA play, are looking to win the CAA championship for the first time. Senior Christina Lee has posted a 12-7 mark at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots and sophomore Angie Sekely has a 15-5 record at the No. 3 singles position.
Georgia State, which is 9-6 overall and ranked #63 in the nation, is the tournament's third seed. The Panthers captured the CAA championship in 2009 and were runners-up a year ago. Sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah is ranked #35 nationally in singles and has compiled a sparkling 14-1 dual match record at the No. 1 spot for GSU this season. Junior Whitney Byrd is 9-6 while playing at the No. 3 position.
Defending CAA champion William & Mary is seeded fourth this year. The Tribe has been the league's dominant program, winning 21 of the past 26 conference titles. W&M is led by sophomore Maria Belaya, who is ranked #118 in the nation in singles, and sophomore Jeltje Loomans, who has recorded 10 victories while competing at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles positions.
Following first round action Thursday, the quarterfinals begin on Friday, the semifinals on Saturday and the championship match takes place on Sunday, April 22.