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Tribe Falls in 4-3 Barnburner to No. 62 North Florida
Updated: Thursday 02/01/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's tennis team dropped a 4-3 barnburner to No. 62-ranked North Florida at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center on Friday evening. After the visiting Ospreys won the doubles point, the teams fought tooth-and-nail in singles with four going to three sets. In the end, UNF drew a three-all split in singles competition to pull out the narrow victory. W&M fell to 2-1 on the year, while the Ospreys upped their mark to 1-2.

UNF took the doubles point with victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions, before extending its lead to 2-0 thanks to a straight-sets win at the No. 3 singles slot. Junior John Banks got the Green and Gold on the board, winning in straight sets at the No. 6 post. Banks evened his singles ledger at 9-9, while improving to a perfect 3-0 in dual-match competition with a 6-3, 6-2 over Timo Kranz. The balance of the match came down to three-setters at the No. 1, No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 singles positions.

After the Osprey margin went to 3-1 when the Tribe's Jamie Whiteford was forced to retire at No. 1 due to injury, junior Ben Hoogland drew the Tribe back within one, positing a three-set win of his own at No. 4. Hoogland and UNF's Julien Belair split the opening two sets by identical 6-2 scores, before the Tribe junior upped his winning streak to five, taking the third set, 6-3. Hoogland notched his sixth victory of the year and third in dual-match competition.

North Florida pulled out the victory with a three-set win at the No. 5 spot as Leonardo Nahar held of sophomore Will Juggins' rally attempt, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. At the No. 2 singles slot, sophomore Aaron Chaffee rallied from a set deficit in posting his sixth singles win of the year. After UNF's Daniel Sotomarino took the opening set, 6-3, Chaffee bounced back to take the second, 6-2. In the decisive third, the Tribe sophomore jumped out to a commanding lead on the way to a 6-4 win over the First-Team All-Atlantic Sun choice from a season ago. Chaffee evened his dual-match ledger at 1-1.

W&M returns to action when it hosts No. 34-ranked Northwestern on Sunday, Feb. 3. The match is slated for a 9 a.m. start time at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. The Wildcats improved to 7-1 on the year with a 4-3 victory over No. 35-ranked N.C. State on Friday night. The Tribe's 3 p.m. match against Coppin State on Sunday has been chancelled.

#62 North Florida 4, William and Mary 3
No. 1 - #72 Moritz Buerchner (UNF) def. #106 Jamie Whiteford (W&M) - 4-6, 6-0, 3-0, retired
No. 2 - Aaron Chaffee (W&M) def. Daniel Sotomarino (UNF) - 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 - Norbert Nemcsek (UNF) def. Anton Andersson (W&M) - 6-3, 7-5
No. 4 - Ben Hoogland (W&M) def. Julien Belair (UNF) - 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
No. 5 - Leonardo Nahar (UNF) def. Will Juggins (W&M) - 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
No. 6 - John Banks (W&M) def. Timo Kranz (UNF) - 6-3, 6-2
Finishing Order: 3, 6, 1, 4, 5*, 2

No. 1 - #20 Buerchner/Nemcsek (UNF) def. Andersson/Chaffee (W&M) - 8-4
No. 2 - Davisson/Belair (UNF) vs. Whiteford/Vodislav (W&M) - 6-3, abandoned
No. 3 - Sotomarino/Kranz (UNF) def. Banks/Juggins (W&M) - 8-2
Finishing Order: 1, 3*

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