With the victory, the Tribe advances to the CAA Championship match for the first time since 2010 where it will face No. 54-ranked UNCW, which is also the top seed in the tournament, on Sunday, April 21. The championship is slated for a 2 p.m. start time, following the women’s title match between W&M and UNCW at 10 a.m., at the Tennis Facility. The Seahawks, which defeated Drexel, 4-0, in the semifinals, will play in the championship match for the fourth time in the last five seasons, having won league crowns in 2009 and 2011. Live stats for both the men’s and women’s championship matches will be available at TribeAthletics.com.
The Tribe won at the top two doubles positions to claim the initial point of the match. Guthrie and Banks raced out to an 8-2 win over Greg Vladimirsky and Hugo Ramadier at the No. 2 slot, giving W&M the early cushion. The duo won its second straight match in improving to 5-4 on the year. The Tribe’s top pair of senior Anton Andersson and sophomore Aaron Chaffee clinched the doubles point with their seventh straight victory. The First-Team All-CAA doubles duo upended Ryan Pool and Rob Stirling, 8-3, to give W&M the 1-0 advantage. Andersson and Chaffee improved to 11-7 on the season with 10 wins coming at No. 1.
At the No. 3 singles post, Guthrie won his third straight match to extend the W&M advantage. He avenged an earlier loss this season to Greg Vladimirsky with a convincing 6-1, 6-1 triumph. Guthrie improved to 12-8 on the year with the win.
Junior Ben Hoogland continued his stellar play, winning for the fifth straight time to bring W&M within one match of the team triumph at 3-0. The Second-Team All-CAA singles performer rallied from an early deficit to take the first set, 7-5, before dominating the second, 6-1, at the No. 4 post. Hoogland won his 17th contest overall, improving to 14-7 in dual-match play, including 10 wins at No. 4.
After a James Madison win at No. 2 closed the gap to 3-1, the balance of the semifinal came down to three-set affairs at No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6. The Dukes pulled within 3-2 following a win at the top slot, before Banks stepped to the forefront for the Green and Gold. The Tribe junior and JMU’s Florent Setenac split the opening two sets at No. 5 with Banks winning the first, 6-1, and Setenac taking the second, 6-3. In the decisive third, the Tribe’s Third-Team All-CAA selection came roaring out of the gates on the way to a 6-1 victory, sending W&M to the championship match. Banks won his eighth straight and team-leading 21st overall on the year, while improving to 15-9 in dual-match competition.