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Men's Tennis Drops Regular Season Finale at ODU
Updated: Friday 04/14/2012 (ET)
by TribeAthletics.com
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Norfolk, Va. - The William and Mary men's tennis team dropped its regular season finale at Old Dominion, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon. After ODU opened the match by taking the doubles point, the Green and Gold could only muster a split in singles with victories at the No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 posts. W&M fell to 10-15 overall on the year, while Old Dominion upped its ledger to 12-9.

By virtue of its men's tennis victory, Old Dominion extended its Optima Health Challenge lead to 70-40 with three events remaining (men's golf, women's golf and baseball). The Optima Health Challenge is a running score of all the direct competitions between the two CAA schools, with a champion being named at the end of the athletic season and receiving the Optima Health Trophy. The scoring system awards 10 points for the overall winner in every regular season ODU-W&M athletic competition. A total of 140 points (10 points for Football, 10 points for MBB, 10 points for WBB, and 10 points per 11 Olympic Sports) are available, and the winning school will be the first to tally 75 points.

Graduate student Robert Pietrucha matched the team lead with his 21st singles win against Old Dominion. At the No. 5 post, he defeated Can Cetinel in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, for his third straight victory. Pietrucha leads the squad with a 13-7 dual-match mark.

Sophomores Ben Guthrie and John Banks both tallied come-from-behind three-set wins at the No. 3 and No. 6 positions. After dropping the opening set, 6-4, to Albert Ochagavia, Guthrie rallied to take the final two sets, 6-3, 6-3, in claiming his fourth straight victory at the No. 3 post. In winning for the sixth time in his last seven matches, Guthrie improved to 11-9 overall and 8-4 in dual-match play.

ODU's Alfredo Rodriguez took the opening in a tiebreaker, 7-6, at the No. 6 spot, before Banks bounced back with a 6-3 win in the second. With the team result already decided, the Tribe sophomore took the third-set super tiebreaker, 10-5, for his 15th singles win of the year.

W&M will next compete in the CAA Championships, which are slated for April 19-22 at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va. The seeding and schedule for the tournament will be released on Tuesday, April 17.

Old Dominion 4, William and Mary 3
Singles
No. 1 - Krzysztof Muzalewski (ODU) def. Adrian Vodislav (W&M) - 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 - Carlos Lopez Villa (ODU) def. Anton Andersson (W&M) - 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 - Ben Guthrie (W&M) def. Albert Ochagavia (ODU) - 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 - Wesley Barrett (ODU) def. Ben Hoogland (W&M) - 6-0, 6-3
No. 5 - Robert Pietrucha (W&M) def. Can Cetinel (ODU) - 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 - John Banks (W&M) def. Alfredo Rodriguez (ODU) - 6-7, 6-3, 10-5

Doubles
No. 1 - Fahoum/Cetinel (ODU) def. J. Braig/Andersson (W&M) - 8-5
No. 2 - Lopez Villa/Ochagavia (ODU) def. Guthrie/Orre (W&M) - 8-5
No. 3 - Muzalewski/Rodriguez (ODU) def. Banks/Pietrucha (W&M) - 8-2










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