WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men’s tennis team returns to Colonial Athletic Association play with a Saturday doubleheader at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. The Green and Gold welcomes James Madison to Williamsburg at 10 a.m. on March 30, before hosting Delaware at 5 p.m. Live stats will be available for both matches at TribeAthletics.com.
Scouting the Tribe
W&M split a pair of matches as part of a Saturday doubleheader last weekend at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. After suffering a 6-1 setback to No. 27 Notre Dame in the opener, the Green and Gold bounced back by cruising past Morgan State, 6-1. Junior John Banks
went 2-0 in singles play during the doubleheader, including a three-set win at the No. 6 post against the Irish. He leads the team with 16 singles wins overall, including in 10 in dual-match play. Sophomore Aaron Chaffee
(No. 2), senior Adrian Vodislav
(No. 3), freshman Scott Huang
(No. 5) and sophomore Zach Braig
(No. 6) each recorded singles wins in the triumph over Morgan State. In doubles action, senior Anton Andersson
and Chaffee led the way with wins at the top position, including a victory over the top Irish duo, which was ranked as high as No. 51 nationally this season. W&M swept doubles against Morgan State as Huang and Vodislav won at No. 2 and junior Ben Hoogland
teammed with Banks to notch a victory at No. 3. The Green and Gold is 8-13 on the season, including a 1-0 mark in CAA play.
Scouting James Madison
James Madison saw its three-match win streak come to a close on Wednesday, dropping a 6-1 decision to Binghamton in its home opener. Prior to the loss, the Dukes recorded consecutive wins over Coastal Carolina (4-3), Delaware (5-2), and Longwood (6-1). JMU is 5-7 on the year, including a 2-0 mark in CAA play. Along with its win over the Blue Hens, the Dukes own a 6-1 win over Hofstra. Ryan Pool holds down the No. 1 singles position for JMU at 18-7 overall, including seven triumphs at the top spot. Pool and Robert Stirling are the Dukes No. 1 doubles team, possessing a 14-7 ledger. Stirling also ranks second on the team in singles wins with 13. W&M leads the all-time series with James Madison at 26-15. Last season, JMU snapped a 17-match losing streak to the Tribe with a 4-1 win in Williamsburg.
Delaware enters the match with the Tribe at 4-6 following a tough 4-3 loss at Norfolk State on Wednesday. The Blue Hens had won two straight prior to its match with the Spartans as they downed Lafayette, 6-0, and Mount St. Mary’s, 3-2. Delaware and W&M have four common opponents on the year in Morgan State, Navy, UMBC and Norfolk State. The Tribe is a perfect 4-0 against the quartet, while the lone UD win versus the group came against Morgan State. Juniors Tory Beneck and Adam Lawton lead the way for the Blue Hens as returning All-CAA players. Beneck is a two-time All-CAA selection in both singles and doubles along with being named the CAA Player of the Week on March 26. Lawton received All-CAA honors in doubles last season. W&M leads the all-time series with the Blue Hens at 6-0, including a 6-1 triumph in Williamsburg last season.
News and Notes
- For the second time in the last three weeks, senior Anton Andersson
and sophomore Aaron Chaffee
took home the CAA Doubles Team of the Week accolade on March 26. The pair won both matches in a doubleheader at the No. 1 position against Notre Dame and Morgan State. Andersson and Chaffee own six wins on the year, including five at the No. 1 post.
- W&M head coach Peter Daub
is closing in on win No. 500. With the Tribe's win over Morgan State on March 23, the 20th-year W&M headman has 499 career victories, including 288 in Williamsburg, and is just one away from the 500 mark.
- The doubleheader with CAA foes James Madison and Delaware is part of the Tribe’s six-match homestand to close out the regular season, before hosting the 2013 CAA Championship, April 19-21, in Williamsburg. W&M closes out the regular season against Richmond on April 10 at 5 p.m. and versus Old Dominion on April 13 at 2 p.m. The CAA Championship for both men’s and women’s tennis will be played at the Millie West Tennis Facility, April 19-21.