"It was an incredible effort by six players who refused to lose," head coach Peter Daub said of the Tribe's win over Illinois State. "Our guys were given an opportunity to step up and they made the most of it. It is hard to put into words how proud I am of this team."
The Tribe captured the all-important doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 slots. Senior Anton Andersson and sophomore Aaron Chaffee started the Tribe off on the right foot with an 8-4 triumph over Alexander Pelaez and Erik Brunskog at the top post. The Green and Gold pair evened its ledger at 3-3 with its second win at No. 1. and continued their torrid play at No. 3, clinching the doubles point with the duo's fourth straight victory. They downed Muddappa Appanervanda and Rodrigo Oliveira, 8-5, to improve to 5-1 on the year and 3-0 in dual-match play.
W&M carried over the momentum over to singles, winning four of the six first sets. Vodislav upped the Tribe cushion to 2-0 with a dominating performance at No. 3. He only surrendered one game in a 6-0, 6-1 route of Jakub Eisner. Vodislav recorded his fifth win of the year and career victory No. 40.
wasted little time pushing the lead to 3-0 with a straight-sets win at No. 5. He took the opening set, 6-4, over Illinois State's Muddappa Appanervanda, before rolling through an unblemished 6-0 second set for his team-leading 13th singles win of the year. Banks also upped his dual-match ledger to 7-4.
After an Illinois State win at the No. 2 singles position, Hoogland clinched the match for the Tribe with his fifth win in the last six matches. He took the opening set, 6-3, from ISU's Rolando Torrellas, before the Redbird player rallied to force a decisive third set by winning the second, 6-1. Leading 4-3 in the third, Hoogland took the final two games in recording his 11th win of the season. The Tribe junior improved to an impressive 5-1 at the No. 4 singles position and 8-3 all together in dual-match competition.
The Tribe opens a five-match road swing when it travels to No. 22 Wake Forest on Sunday, March 3. The match is slated for an 11 a.m. start and live stats will be available at WakeForestSports.com.
William and Mary 4, Illinois State 3
No. 1 - Alexander Pelaez (ISU) def. Anton Andersson (W&M) - 6-4, 7-6
No. 2 - Erik Brunskog (ISU) def. Aaron Chaffee (W&M) - 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 - Adrian Vodislav (W&M) def. Jakub Eisner (ISU) -6-1, 6-0
No. 4 - Ben Hoogland (W&M) def. Rolando Torrellas (ISU) - 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
No. 5 - John Banks (W&M) def. Muddappa Appanervanda (ISU) - 6-4, 6-0
No. 6 - Jacob Wilson (ISU) def. Scott Huang (W&M) - 4-6, 7-6, retire
Finishing Order: 3, 5, 2, 4*, 6, 1
No. 1 - Andersson/Chaffee (W&M) def. Pelaez/Brunskog (ISU) - 8-4
No. 2 - Torrellos/Eisner (ISU) def. Banks/Huang (W&M) - 8-4
No. 3 - Hoogland/Vodislav (W&M) def. Appanervanda/Oliveira (ISU) - 8-5
Finishing Order: 1, 2, 3*