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Men's Tennis Hosts Nationally-Ranked Competition
Updated: Saturday 01/31/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Following a two-week hiatus, the William and Mary men's tennis teams resumes its 11-match season-opening homestand with a pair of matches against nationally-ranked compeition at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center over the weekend. The College will kick things off against No. 62-ranked North Florida on Friday at 5 p.m., before welcoming No. 34 Northwestern to Williamsburg on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 9 a.m. The Tribe's match against Coppin State orginally slated for 3 p.m. on Sunday has been cancelled. Live stats for both matches will be available on TribeAthletics.com.

W&M opened the 2013 dual-match campaign with a pair of victories over defending conference champions on Jan. 20. The Green and Gold downed reigning Big South champion Radford, 4-1, before picking up a 5-2 triumph over defending Patriot League winner Navy. Juniors John Banks and Ben Hoogland each recorded 2-0 marks in singles and doubles against the Highlanders and Midshipmen, while seniors Anton Andersson and Adrian Vodislav as well as freshman Scott Huang picked up singles wins during the doubleheader. Senior Jamie Whiteford remains among the national top 125 in singles at No. 106, while he and junior Ben Guthrie comprise the No. 49-ranked doubles team in the country.

North Florida moved up two spots to the No. 62 slot in the Campbell's ITA National Rankings this week. The Ospreys are currently 0-2 on the season after suffering a pair of setbacks at the ITA Kickoff Weekend. UNF dropped a 7-0 decision at No. 1-ranked Virginia, before falling a narrow fashion, 4-3, to No. 62-ranked Georgia State in Charlottesville, Va. Last season, UNF finished at 19-6, including an 8-1 ledger in Atlantic Sun Conference play, before falling in the league championship match to East Tennessee State. Moritz Buerchner, a three-time First-Team All-ASun choice, leads the way for UNF with a national ranking of No. 72. He and Norbert Nemcsek comprise the No. 20-ranked doubles team in the country. The Ospreys will travel to VCU on Saturday following its match with W&M.

Northwestern enters the weekend with a 6-1 record on the year, including a trio of nationally-ranked victories. Thanks to wins over No. 30 Notre Dame, No. 34 Louisville and No. 43 Virginia Tech, the Wildcats moved up to No. 34 in the national rankings released on Wednesday. NU's lone loss this season came at the hands of No. 5 Duke during the ITA Kickoff Weekend. Last season, Northwestern earned an NCAA Tournament bid after going 15-11 overall and 7-4 in Big Ten play. Raleigh Smith is the lone nationally ranked player for the Wildcats at No. 108 in singles. NU will travel to N.C. State on Friday, before facing the Tribe on Saturday.

Following the pair of home matches over the weekend, the Green and Gold will have a week off, before hosting three more tilts during the weekend of Feb. 15-17. The College welcomes No. 35-ranked N.C. State on Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m., before meeting a pair of instate foes, Liberty and Norfolk State, on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. Live stats for all three matches will be available on TribeAthletics.com.










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