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Men's Tennis Hosts Illinois State, Travels to #22 Wake Forest
Updated: Monday 02/28/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's tennis team will close out its season-opening 11-match homestand on Friday, before hitting the road, traveling to a nationally-ranked ACC foe on Sunday. The Green and Gold welcomes Illinois State to the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center on Friday, March 1, for a 3 p.m. match and follows it with at trip to Winston-Salem to face No. 22-ranked Wake Forest on Sunday, March 3, at 11 a.m.

Scouting the Tribe
W&M evened its ledger at 5-5 on the year, winning its Colonial Athletic Association opener against George Mason, 5-2, on Feb. 24. After dropping a 6-1 decision to Penn State in the opener of the Sunday doubleheader, the Green and Gold took the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions against the Patriots. Junior Ben Hoogland and senior Adrian Vodislav, who were 2-0 in the doubleheader, clinched the point with a win at No. 3, while senior Anton Andersson and sophomore Aaron Chaffee won at No. 1. In singles action, the Tribe received straight-set wins from Andersson at No. 2, Hoogland at No. 4 and junior John Banks at No. 5 to clinch the victory. Vodislav rounded out the triumph, winning in three sets at the No. 3 position. Banks leads the Tribe in singles victories with 12 and doubles wins with 13, while Hoogland has double-digit singles wins as well with 10, including a team-best 7-3 in dual-match play.

Scouting #22 Wake Forest
After starting the season ranked No. 66 nationally, Wake Forest has ascended to No. 22 nationally in the ITA rankings released on Tuesday thanks to a 9-2 record. The Demon Deacons reeled off seven straight wins to start the year, including victories over No. 48 Alabama and No. 41 Louisville. The Deacs only losses on the year have come to No. 14 Tennessee, 4-3, and No. 20 Michigan, 5-2. Most recently, Wake Forest owns wins over No. 48 South Carolina and Elon. The Deacons will play No. 5 Oklahoma on Friday, before hosting W&M on Sunday. The Wake Forest lineup features a pair of nationally-ranked singles players and a nationally-ranked doubles teams. Amogh Prabhakar is rated No. 37 in the country, while David Hopkins is No. 123. The pair combines to make up the No. 55-ranked doubles team in the country. Wake Forest leads the all-time series with the Tribe at 25-3, including a 5-2 win in Winston-Salem last season. The Green and Gold will look for its first win over the Deacons since 2001.

Scout Illinois State
The Redbirds enter the match-up with the Tribe at 5-3 on the season, coming off a doubleheader sweep of Illinois-Chicago and Butler by 7-0 scores on Feb. 16. Included in ISU's ledger is an impressive 5-2 win at Iowa on Jan. 25. Senior Alexander Pelaez, who plays at the No. 1 singles position, leads the Redbirds in wins at 18-7 in singles and 14-6 in doubles. Freshman Rolando Torrellas went 4-0 playing at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles to earn MVC Athlete of the Week honors following the doubleheader sweep of UIC and Butler. He joins fellow freshman Jakub Eisner to comprise ISU's most recent No. 1 doubles team, which is 2-1 on the year. W&M won the only other meeting between teams, downing Illinois State 8-1 during the 1986 season.

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