WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men’s tennis team rolled to its fourth straight win, downing instate foe Richmond, 6-1, at theTennis Facility on Wednesday afternoon. W&M claimed the doubles point for the fourth straight match, before winning five of the six singles matches on the way to upending the Spiders. The Green and Gold ran its mark to 11-13, including a 9-1 mark against the Atlantic Region, while Richmond fell to 12-11.
The Tribe took the doubles point thanks to a thrilling come-from-behind win from senior Anton Andersson and sophomore Aaron Chaffee at the top spot. The pair found itself in a 5-2 hole against the Richmond team of Sebastien Fauchet and Ethan Dunbar. With the doubles point up for grabs, Andersson and Chaffee won seven of the final nine games, including each of the last three, to rallied past the Spiders' top pair. It marked the Tribe duo’s fifth straight win and eighth at the No. 1 position as it improved to 9-7 on the year.
Junior Ben Guthrie and freshman Scott Huang pushed the Tribe out to the early lead in doubles win a win at the No. 3 post. The tandem won its first dual match as a pair this season, rolling to an 8-3 win over Dylan Trent and Justin Baker. Huang and Guthrie improved to 4-1 overall in doubles play.
Junior Ben Hoogland and Huang quickly extended the Tribe lead to 3-0 with convincing victories at the No. 3 and No. 6 singles spots, respectively. Hoogland won his third straight, breezing past Paul Nahon, 6-2, 6-0. It marked his 15th win of the season and 12th in dual match play. Huang also ran his win streak to three match as he dropped just one game in a dominating 6-0, 6-1 performance over Justin Baker. Huang won his 12th match of the season and seventh in dual match competition.
After the Spiders took the top spot, junior John Banks clinched the Green and Gold team triumph with a victory at No. 5. He won for the fifth straight time, handling Dylan Trent, 6-1, 6-4. Banks upped his team-leading singles win total to 19, including a 13-9 dual-match ledger.
Playing just his fourth singles match in dual competition this spring after returning from injury, Guthrie notched a three-set win at the No. 2 post. He took the opening set, 7-5, from Richmond’s Jesse Feder, before the Spider player rallied to claim the second, 6-4. In the third-set, Guthrie used a five-point surge with the super tiebreaker tied at two on the way to a 10-5 victory for his 10th win of the year.
Senior Adrian Vodislav rounded out the Tribe victory with a straight sets win at the No. 4 slot. He downed Sebastien Fauchet, 6-4, 6-4, for his fourth straight victory. Vodislav ran his singles win total to 11 with nine coming in dual-match competition.
The Tribe will close out the regular season with Senior Day on Saturday, April 13, against Old Dominion. W&M will host the Monarchs at Tennis Facility beginning at 2 p.m. Ten points will be up for grabs in the Optima Health Challenge, a running score of all the direct competitions between W&M and ODU. For the second consecutive year, the Tribe and Monarchs have partnered with title sponsor, Optima Health, for the Challenge. A champion will be named at the end of the 2012-13 athletic season and receive the Optima Health Trophy. The current standings are tied at 45 apiece with 10 points available in each of the three remaining sports (men’s tennis, women’s tennis and baseball). The contest will also be Senior Day as the Tribe honors its senior class of Anton Andersson, Adrian Vodislav and Jamie Whiteford.
William and Mary 6, Richmond 1
No. 1 – Ethan Dunbar (UR) def. Will Juggins (W&M) – 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 – Ben Guthrie (W&M) def. Jesse Feder (UR) – 7-5, 4-6, 10-5
No. 3 – Ben Hoogland (W&M) def. Paul Nahon (UR) – 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 – Adrian Vodislav (W&M) def. Sebastien Fauchet (UR) – 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 – John Banks (W&M) def. Dylan Trent (UR) – 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 – Scott Huang (W&M) def. Justin Baker (UR) – 6-0, 6-1
Finishing Order: 3, 6, 1, 5*, 2, 4
No. 1 – Chaffee/Andersson (W&M) def. Fauchet/Dunbar (UR) – 9-7
No. 2 – Feder/Nahon (UR) def. Banks/Hoogland (W&M) – 8-6
No. 3 – Guthrie/Huang (W&M) def. Trent/Baker (UR) – 8-3
Finishing Order: 3, 2, 1*