By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
Shaw's women's tennis team avenged their only Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association loss this season when they defeated top-seeded Chowan to win the CIAA Women's Tennis Championship this past weekend.
Shaw went 12-1 in the CIAA, their lone loss coming to Chowan in late March. But singles wins by Daniela Vanko, Adrijana Martic and Simbiat Aleem erased a 3-2 deficit to give the Bears the championship.
Vanko was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Shaw (21-2, 13-1 CIAA) wins the CIAA's automatic bid to the Women's NCAA Tennis Tournament and finds out their seeding on Tuesday. Chowan finished the season 20-9 (14-1 CIAA) and will be watching the tournament selection show closely as they were ranked sixth in the NCAA Division II's Atlantic Region (Shaw was eighth) on April 19.