Scouting the Tribe
Following a doubleheader sweep of instate foes Liberty and Norfolk State, the Tribe holds a season ledger of 4-3. The Green and Gold extinguished the Flames, 4-2, before out-dueling the Spartans, 6-1, on Feb. 17. Juniors Ben Hoogland and John Banks along with freshman Scott Huang posted singles wins in both Tribe victories. Banks and Huang combined to win a pair of doubles matches during the doubleheader, including the clinching victory against Liberty. Senior Anton Andersson and freshman Matt Waddell each notched singles victories in the win over NSU as well. All three Tribe setbacks on the year have come to nationally-ranked competition with losses to No. 34 Northwestern, No. 62 North Florida and No. 34 N.C. State.
Scouting South Carolina
South Carolina enters the match with the Tribe at 8-3, coming off a 4-3 win over No. 37-ranked UNCW on Wednesday. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 48 with a trio wins over nationally-ranked competition. Along with its triumph over the Seahawks, USC owns wins over No. 34 N.C. State, 4-3, and No. 65 Georgia Tech, 6-1. All three South Carolina setbacks have come to ranked foes in No. 36 Wake Forest (4-2), No. 47 Michigan State (4-3) and No. 17 Texas (4-1). Tsvetan Mihov is ranked No. 94 nationally in singles for the Gamecocks and is 7-3 at the top position, while Chip Cox is 13-8, playing at the No. 2 slot. The duo combines to form USC's top doubles team, which is 5-2 on the year and coming off a win over No. 8-ranked UNCW team. The Tribe won the last meeting between the teams, downing the Gamecocks, 4-0, during the ITA Kickoff Weekend at Ohio State in 2011.
Scouting Penn State
Penn State enters the weekend at 4-5 overall with four of those losses coming to nationally ranked foes. The Nittany Lions will travel to Richmond to face No. 34 VCU on Friday, before traveling to Williamsburg to meet the Tribe. PSU swept a doubleheader with Penn, 6-1, and Lehigh, 7-0, on Feb. 2, but suffered a narrow 4-3 loss in its last outing with No. 46 Virginia Tech. The Nittany Lions have also suffered setbacks to No. 40 N.C. State, No. 48 Alabama and No. 65 Wake Forest. Bryan Weinetz plays the No. 1 slot for the Nittany Lions and owns a 12-7 overall mark, including a 5-2 ledger in dual-match play at No. 1. Matt Berry leads Penn State in singles wins with 16 on the year. Russell Bader and Guanhua Chen have spent the last thee matches at the top doubles position and possess a 2-1 mark. The W&M-Penn State is tied at four in the all-time series with the Nittany Lions pulling out a 4-3 win in the last meeting in Williamsburg during the 2009 campaign.
Scouting George Mason
Mason enters the weekend with a 2-1 mark during the spring. After dropping its season opening, 6-1, to East Carolina at home, the Patriots recorded back-to-back wins over Morgan State, 5-2, and Mary Washington, 7-0. Mason will travel to Navy on Saturday, Feb. 23, before venturing to Williamsburg to meet the Tribe on Sunday. Senior Jordan Dyke holds down the No. 1 singles post for the Patriots after earning Third-Team All-CAA honors in 2012. W&M leads the all-time series with the Patriots at 22-3, including a 6-1 win over Mason in Williamsburg last season.
News and Notes
- Junior John Banks and freshman Scott Huang posted a 3-0 doubles record during last week on the way to earning CAA Doubles Team of the Week honors on Tuesday. The duo pulled down out an 8-4 win at the No. 3 post against No. 34-ranked N.C. State, before winning both ends of the doubleheader against Liberty and Norfolk State in helping the Tribe to the doubles point in each match.
- Junior Ben Guthrie entered the national singles rankings for the first time in his career on Feb. 12, coming in at No. 103 in Campbell's ITA poll. 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.
- Following its three weekend matches, the Tribe will close out its season-opening 11-match homestand on March 1. The Green and Gold will host Illinois State at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center at 3 p.m., before hitting the road for four straight matches against nationally-ranked foes.
- W&M head coach Peter Daub is closing in on win No. 500. With the Tribe's doubleheader sweep of Liberty and Norfolk State, the 19th-year W&M head man has 495 career victories.
- For the first time since 2004, the Tribe will host the Colonial Athletic Association Championship. The event is slated for April 19-21 at the Tennis Facility.