WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -
The William and Mary men’s tennis team welcomes Old Dominion in its regular season finale on Saturday, April 13, at the Millie West
Tennis Facility. Both the Tribe men and women will square off with the Monarchs in simultaneous matches beginning at 2 p.m. The match with ODU will also mark Senior Day as the Green and Gold honor its senior class of Anton Andersson
, Adrian Vodislav
and Jamie Whiteford
following doubles competition.
With just three sports remaining, the Optima Health Challenge, a running score of all the direct competitions between W&M and ODU, is hitting the home stretch. The all-sports score is tied a 45 with 10 points available in each of the men’s and women’s tennis matches on Saturday. The Tribe will host Griffin’s Kids Club Day starting at 1 p.m. at the Millie West Tennis Facility prior to the match.
Scouting the Tribe
W&M rides a hot streak into its final regular season contest against Old Dominion. The Green and Gold won its fourth straight match, downing Richmond, 6-1, on Wednesday afternoon. Overall the Tribe is 11-13 on the year, including a perfect 3-0 mark in CAA play. Against the Spiders, senior Anton Andersson
and sophomore Aaron Chaffee
rallied for a 9-7 win at the No. 1 position to clinch the doubles point for the fourth straight contest. In singles action, junior John Banks
clinched the win with his fifth straight victory and 19th overall, while senior Adrian Vodislav
pushed his win streak to four matches. Junior Ben Hoogland
and freshman Scott Haung each won for the third straight match at the No. 3 and No. 6 positions. Junior Ben Guthrie
picked up his 10th win of the season in three sets at the No. 2 post to round out the win over UR. Banks leads the Tribe in singles victories with 19 on the year, including a 13-9 ledger in dual-match play. Andersson and Chaffee are 9-7 in doubles action, including eight wins at the No. 1 slot.
Scouting Old Dominion
Old Dominion enters its regular season finale at 13-6 overall and 2-1 in CAA play, following a 6-1 setback at No. 55 UNCW on Thursday. Prior to its match in Wilmington, ODU closed out its home slate with wins over Delaware, 6-1, and James Madison, 4-3. In total, the Tribe and Monarchs have 10 common opponents (Georgia Tech, Norfolk State, Richmond, UMBC, Radford, Navy, UTSA, Delaware and JMU). ODU is 9-1 against the group, while the Tribe is 8-2 with the lone difference coming as a result of the Monarchs win over UTSA compared to the Tribe’s narrow 4-3 loss to the Road Runners. ODU is currently ranked No. 68 nationally in the ITA poll released on Tuesday, and they have been rated as high as No. 54 this season. Carlos Lopez Villa, who was ranked as high as No. 120 nationally in singles, has been dominant at the top singles position for ODU. He owns a 17-1 ledger during the spring, including a straight sets win over No. 54-ranked Rafael Aita of UNCW in ODU’s last outing. Lopez Villa combines with Can Cetinel to comprise the No. 88-ranked doubles team in the country. The duo is 13-4 at the No. 1 spot this season and was ranked as high as No. 23 this spring.
Highlighting the Tribe Seniors
He earned First-Team All-CAA honors in 2011 after being named the CAA Player of the Week on two occasions. Andersson owns 38 career singles wins, playing toward the top of the Tribe lineup, while also amassing 62 career doubles wins, including 14 this season. A Third-Team All-CAA choice in doubles as a freshman, he earned CAA Doubles Team of the Week honors twice this season along with Aaron Chaffee
, posting a 9-7 pairs mark. On two occasions during his career, he was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete Award winner.
He was named CAA Player of the Week on April 2 after clinching the Tribe’s victories over James Madison and Delaware on March 30. Vodislav tallied 46 career singles wins and 27 career doubles wins. This season, he has posted 11 victories in singles competition and 12 in doubles action. He excels in the classroom as well, being named an ITA Scholar-Athlete Award winner on two occasions during his Green and Gold career.
He battled injuries throughout his W&M career, but is a two-time First-Team All-CAA selection in singles and a two-time all-league doubles choice. Whiteford spent parts of the last two seasons among the national rankings, including finishing last season at No. 83. He was selected to the NCAA Singles Championship in 2012 and competed in the 2011 NCAA Doubles Championship. Whiteford, who owns 52 career singles wins and 55 career doubles wins, won the 2011 ITA Atlantic Region Singles Championship and was the 2010 CAA Rookie of the Year.
News and Notes
- Old Dominion leads the all-time series with the Tribe at 29-23. W&M won six straight in the series prior to last season when the Monarchs downed the Green and Gold, 4-3, in Norfolk.
- The Tribe-Monarch matchup will have 10 points 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).
- Saturday’s W&M-ODU doubleheader will also mark Griffin’s Kids Club Day at Tennis. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the Millie West Tennis Facility and is open to children ages 12 and under. It will include free snacks, games and prizes for kids.
- 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.