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Men's Tennis Hosts Three Weekend Matches
Updated: Saturday 02/14/2013 (ET)
by TribeAthletics.com
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - After a two-week hiatus, the William and Mary men's tennis team returns to action with a three-game home set this weekend at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. The Green and Gold faces its third nationally-ranked foe of the season in No. 34 N.C. State on Friday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m., before a home doubleheader with instate foes Liberty and Norfolk State on Sunday, Feb. 17. W&M hosts the Flames at 9 a.m., before welcoming the Spartans at 5 p.m. Live stats for all three matches will be available at TribeAthletics.com.

Scouting the Tribe
The Tribe enters the weekend at 2-2 on the year after suffering a pair of close losses to nationally-ranked competition the last time out. W&M dropped a narrow 4-3 decision to No. 62-ranked North Florida on Feb. 1, before falling to No. 34 Northwestern on Feb. 3. The Wildcats downed the Tribe, 7-0, but playing without its top two players, the Green and Gold forced its Big Ten counterpart into three setters at four of the six singles positions.

Scouting #34 N.C. State
N.C. State is 4-3 on the season with a pair of wins over national top 40 competition. The Wolfpack owns victories over No. 32-ranked Indiana, 4-3, and No. 35 Louisville, 4-2, to go along with setbacks to No. 12 Ole Miss, No. 33 Northwestern and No. 49 South Carolina. The Wolfpack lineup features a nationally-ranked singles player in No. 125-ranked Austin Powell and a nationally-ranked doubles team of Dave Thomson and Sean Weber at No. 41. Friday's meeting will mark the seventh time over the last seven seasons that the Tribe and Wolfpack have squared off. Last season, N.C. State downed W&M, 7-0, in Raleigh.

Scouting Liberty
The Flames are 2-0 on the young season with a pair of 7-0 wins each of the last two weeks. Liberty won a 7-0 decision at Bluefield State in West Virginia on Feb. 1, before downing Bridgewater, 7-0, on Feb. 8. W&M will face Liberty for the first time since the 2010 when the Green and Gold downed the Flames, 5-2, in Williamsburg. LU meets Norfolk State in Virginia Beach on Saturday, before battling the Tribe.

Scouting Norfolk State
NSU rides a three-game winning streak into the weekend and sits at 3-3 overall and 2-0 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. The Spartans are coming off two wins last week over Christopher Newport, 6-1, and a 4-3 victory over five-time defending MEAC Champion South Carolina State. Norfolk State also owns a victory over Hampton, 4-0. Last week, sophomore Daniel Grauel was named the MEAC Player of the Week while freshman Dzmitry Zyhmantovich was named the MEAC Rookie of the Week. It marked Zyhmantovich's second consecutive rookie of the week honor. W&M will host the Spartans for the first time since 2010 after winning four straight over the Hampton Roads foe from 2007-10.

News and Notes
- Junior Ben Guthrie entered the national singles rankings for the first time in his career recently, coming in at No. 103 in Campbell's ITA poll released on Feb. 12. He becomes the second Tribe player to earn a national singles ranking this season along with senior Jamie Whiteford, who was ranked as high as No. 43 nationally.

- The Tribe's three home matches over the weekend are part of an 11-match homestand to open the 2013 dual-match campaign. Following the trio of contests this weekend, W&M will host No. 49 South Carolina, Big Ten foe Penn State and CAA opponent George Mason on Feb. 22-24. The Tribe and Gamecocks square off on Friday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., before W&M hosts the Nittany Lions and Patriots as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Green and Gold closes out its homestand with Illinois State on Friday, March 1, at 3 p.m. In total, the Tribe will play 18 home matches this season.

- Juniors John Banks and Ben Hoogland have turned in strong performances in the early part of the dual-match season for W&M. Banks is tied for the team lead with nine singles wins, including a 3-1 dual-match ledger. Hoogland, who had his five-match winning streak snapped against Northwestern in three sets, is also 3-1 in dual-match play.










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