The Tribe is led by a group of six upperclassmen that have garnered extensive experience throughout their careers. Senior Jamie Whiteford and junior Ben Guthrie both earned spots in the national rankings in the initial polls released on Jan. 3. Whiteford, who was selected to the NCAA Individual Championships each of the last two seasons, was ranked No. 106 nationally in singles competition and is a two-time First-Team All-CAA selection in both singles and doubles.
In doubles, Guthrie and Whiteford were ranked No. 49 nationally after posting a 5-2 fall ledger. The duo knocked off two nationally ranked foes with its only losses coming to national top 25 foes. Guthrie led the Tribe with nine singles wins through the tournament portion of the schedule, including a trio of wins over national top 65 competition.
Anton Andersson and Adrian Vodislav comprise the Tribe's three-member senior class along with Whiteford. Andersson earned All-CAA honors in both singles and doubles during his Tribe career, including first-team singles honors in 2011. He owns 35 career singles and 52 career doubles wins, playing toward the top of the lineup. Vodislav played primarily in the top half of the College's singles lineup last season and owns 37 singles victories over his career.
Juniors John Banks and Ben Hoogland round out the upperclassmen group for the College and provide W&M with incredible depth. Last season, Hoogland posted a team-leading 21 singles victories, while posting 41 career singles wins. Banks owns 28 singles and 39 doubles wins over his career, including a team-best 19 doubles victories last season.
The Tribe can look to a number of quality youthful options in the lineup as well with three-member freshman and sophomore classes. Zach Braig, Will Juggins and Aaron Chaffee make up the sophomore trio, while Austin Davidow, Scott Huang and Matt Waddell comprised the College's freshman class.
Chaffee, a transfer from DePaul, owns five singles and five doubles wins during the tournament portion of the schedule for the Green and Gold. He posted a four-match winning streak earlier this season, including three at the UVA Fall Invite. Juggins posted a 10-4 ledger in dual-match play for the Tribe last season as a freshman.
Huang and Waddell have both demonstrated ability to make an impact on the Green and Gold rotation during the fall campaign. During the tournament slate, Huang produced four singles and five doubles wins over the first half of his freshman season. Playing for the first time during the Wake Forest Spring Invite, Waddell tallied a pair of singles victories.
Navy will host St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday, before traveling to Williamsburg. The Midshipmen have won the Patriot League five of the last six seasons and are the preseason favorite once again to win the league title. Navy returns five of its six-man singles lineup from the 2012 NCAA Tournament, including 2012 Patriot League Rookie of the Year Calvin Mark and Peter McDonald, who joined Mark on the all-league first team. Navy leads the all-time series with the Tribe at 11-4, but the College has won each of the last three tilts, including a 7-0 triumph in Williamsburg during the 2011 dual-match season.
Radford returns five starters from last season, including 2012 Big South Player of the Year Nicholas Sayer. He became the seventh consecutive Highligher player to be selected to the NCAA Singles Championship. Radford has won five of the last six Big South titles. The Tribe owns a 7-1 record against Radford, dating back to 1977. The Highlanders won the last meeting between the team's 3-2 in Richmond during the 1994 campaign. It will be Radford's first trip to Williamsburg since 1992, which was a 9-0 Tribe victory.
The Tribe will continue its 12-match homestand to open the season when No. 64 North Florida travels to Williamsburg on Friday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. It will be the first of three matches at home over the weekend for the College. W&M faces No. 41 Northwestern and Howard as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.