WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Following a 10-day break, the William and Mary men’s tennis team returns to action when it hosts instate foe Richmond on Wednesday afternoon. The match is slated for a 5 p.m. start time at the Millie West Tennis Facility.
Scouting the Tribe
Winners in four of its last five matches, the Tribe pushed its 2013 win total to 10 with a doubleheader sweep of CAA foes James Madison and Delaware on March 30. The Green and Gold downed JMU, 4-3, before dispatching of the Blue Hens, 5-2. Senior Adrian Vodilsav clinched both matches with singles victories, while juniors Ben Hoogland and John Banks tallied singles triumphs in both contests as well. Freshman Scott Huang came out victorious at the No. 6 post against Delaware. The Green and Gold won at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles positions to take the vital point against the Dukes, before winning all three pairs matches against the Blue Hens. Senior Anton Andersson and sophomore Aaron Chaffee were a perfect 2-0 at the No. 1 post in doubles competition, including the clinching match against James Madison. W&M is 8-1 against the ITA Atlantic Region this season, including a 3-0 CAA mark.
The Spiders enter the match with the Tribe at 11-10 overall, including a 3-5 ledger in the Atlantic 10. UR has been on a hot streak of late, winning seven of its last 10 matches entering Tuesday’s contest at Longwood. Richmond split a pair of matches over the weekend, falling to A-10 foe Charlotte, 4-3, before knocking off Norfolk State, 5-2. In total, W&M and UR have played five common opponents in Norfolk State, Mason, Navy, James Madison and Morgan State with each team posting five victories over the group. Ethan Dunbar leads the way for UR, posting a 12-8 at No. 1 with 18 wins overall, while Jesse Feder tops the team in singles victories with 21 to go with a 14-6 ledger at No. 2.
News and Notes
- W&M leads the all-times series with the Spiders at 24-13. The Green and Golf has won 16 straight between the programs and has not lost to Richmond since 1996. Last season, the Tribe downed the Spiders, 4-3, at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center in Williamsburg.
- Senior Adrian Vodislav was named the CAA Player of the Week on April 2 after clinching Tribe wins over James Madison and Delaware. Vodislav rallied for a three-set win over Florent Sentenac at No. 5 to secure W&M’s 4-3 win over JMU, before dispatching of Nolan Gelman, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 3 vs. Delaware. Vodislav owns wins in four of his last five matches and has 10 singles victories on the year. It marked the first CAA Singles Player of the Week award in Vodislav’s Tribe career.
- W&M will host the 2013 CAA Tennis Championships at the Millie West Tennis Facility, April 19-21. It marks the fifth time that W&M has hosted the men’s championship and the eighth time it welcomes the women’s event. The quarterfinals will be on Friday, April 19, with the semifinals to follow on Saturday, April 20, and the championship on Sunday, April 21. The top two seeds will receive an opening round bye on the men’s side, while the No. 1 seed in the women’s tournament earns a bye into the semifinals.