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Short-handed Tribe Falls to No. 34 Northwestern
Updated: Saturday 02/03/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - In a match that was much closer than the final tally would indicate, the William and Mary men's tennis team fell to No. 34-ranked Northwestern, 7-0, on Sunday afternoon at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. The match came down to a quartet of three-setters with the visiting Wildcats pulling out victories in each contest. The Tribe, which played without its top two players due to injury, fell to 2-2 on the year, while Northwestern improved to 8-1.

Northwestern jumped out to the early advantage with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles positions to claim the initial point of the match. Wildcat straight set wins at No. 2 and No. 6 pushed the margin to 3-0. The balance of the match came down to three set affairs at the No. 1, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5.

At the No. 3 slot, junior Ben Hoogland rallied after dropping the opening set, 6-3, by winning the second over Northwestern's Sidarth Balaji, 6-3. With the third set even at five, Balaji took the final two games to clinch the Wildcat victory. The setback snapped Hoogland's five-match winning streak.

Senior Adrian Vodislav dropped the opening set to Chris Jackman, 7-5, at the No. 5 post, before coming back to win the second in a tiebreaker. With the team results already decided, Jackman notched a 10-4 super tiebreaker victory over Vodisalv.

Junior John Banks saw his three-match winning streak come to a close with a setback at the No. 4 spot. He took the opening set from Alex Pasareanu, 7-5, but the Wildcat player pulled out the victory taking the second and third sets, 6-3, 6-4.

At the top singles position, sophomore Aaron Chaffee forced the match to a decisive third set. After Northwestern's Spencer Wolf took the opening set, 6-4, the Tribe sophomore claimed the second by the identical score. Chaffee jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the third, but Wolf rallied with six straight games to pick up the three-set win and cap the Northwestern sweep.

The Green and Gold returns to action with three more home tilts, Feb. 15-17. The College welcomes No. 35-ranked N.C. State to Williamsburg 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

#34 Northwestern 7, William and Mary 0
No. 1 - Spencer Wolf (NU) def. Aaron Chaffee (W&M) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
No. 2 - #108 Raleigh Smith (NU) def. Anton Andersson (W&M) - 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 - Sidarth Balaji (NU) def. Ben Hoogland (W&M) - 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
No. 4 - Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. John Banks (W&M) - 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 - Chris Jackman (NU) def. Adrian Vodislav (W&M) - 7-5, 6-7, 10-4
No. 6 - Fedor Baev (NU) def. Scott Huang (W&M) - 6-4, 6-4
Finishing Order: 6, 2, 3*, 5, 4, 1

No. 1 - Andersson/Chaffee (W&M) vs. Balaji/Smith (NU) - 7-6, abandoned
No. 2 - Kumar Pasareanu (NU) def. Banks/Vodislav (W&M) - 8-4
No. 3 - Baev/Wolf (NU) def. Huang/Hoogland (W&M) - 8-5
Finishing Order: 2, 3*

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