WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men’s tennis team will compete in its second event of the fall season, traveling to Charlottesville for the UVA Fall Classic. The Green and Gold contingent will consist of eight players competing in a field that includes participants from 21 schools. The event will begin on Friday, Oct. 4, and run through Sunday, Oct. 6, with each day beginning at 9 a.m.
The primary site of competition for the UVA Fall Classic will be the Snyder Tennis Center, but additional matches will be played at The Dell and the Boar's Head Sports Club. The tournament features seven singles flights and seven doubles flights. Joining the Tribe and host Cavaliers in the tournament are Binghamton, Bucknell, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina, Cornell, East Tennessee State, George Mason, George Washington, James Madison, Liberty, Longwood, Norfolk State, Old Dominion, Penn State, Princeton, Radford, VCU, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Competition will begin with one round of doubles followed by two rounds of singles on Friday. The Tribe team of senior Ben Guthrie and freshman Damon Niquet competes in the Orange Flight and square off with the George Washington pair of Nikita Fomin and Viktor Svennsson, which is the No. 2 seed in the flight. The match will be played at the Snyder Tennis Center at 9 a.m. Sophomore Scott Huang and junior Will Juggins take part in the White Flight at the Snyder Tennis Center on Friday and face a combined team of Aaron Gomez from Virginia Tech and ODU’s Koen Wiggeman at 10 a.m.
In the Gold Flight, seniors Ben Hoogland and John Banks face the Virginia Tech team of Nicholas Wilson and Rafael Ribas at 9 a.m. That match will be played at The Dell. Junior Aaron Chaffee and freshman Addison Appleby unites in the Green Doubles Flight at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. They face the Liberty pair of Dillon Segur and Egon Samaii at 9 a.m. on Friday.
In singles action, Guthrie will see his first action of the fall at the Snyder Tennis Center as the No. 4 seed in the Orange Flight. The Tribe senior squares off with George Mason’s Jimmy Lange at 11:15 a.m., before meeting either Virginia Tech’s Aaron Gomez or Nika Dolidize of Penn State in his second match of the day at either 3:45 p.m. (quarterfinals) or 5:30 p.m. (consolation).
In the Blue Flight at the Snyder Tennis Center, Hoogland faces Longwood’s Dan Elston at 2 p.m. in the opening round. His quarterfinal (6 p.m.) or consolation quarterfinal (7 p.m.) match will be against either Shea Thomas of Liberty or Cornell’s Alex Sydney.
Juggins and Niquet are both part of the Black Flight, which will be played at the Snyder Tennis Center on Friday. Juggins faces Norfolk State’s Daniel Grauel, who is seeded No. 3 in the flight, at 12:45 p.m., before meeting either Cornell’s Jason Luu or Nick Barker of George Mason in his second match of the day at 5:30 p.m. Niquet squares off with ETSU’s Joao Da Silva to open the day at 10:30 a.m., and then will meet either Liberty’s Egon Samaii or Ruben Haggai of Binghamton at 5:30 p.m. in his second match.
Huang and Banks both drew College of Charleston foes in the opening rounds of the White and Gold Flights, respectively. Huang faces Zach Lewis at 12:15 p.m., while Banks meets at 3:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Snyder Tennis Center. Huang’s second match of the day will be against either Princeton’s Ben Quazzo or Longwood’s James Fudge at 4:15 p.m. (quarterfinal) or 5:30 p.m. (consolation). Banks competes against either George Mason’s Conor Moran or Florian Nicoud of Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. (quarterfinal) or 8 p.m. (consolation).
Chaffee drew Penn State’s Chris Young in the opening round of the Red Flight at noon on Friday. He will face either James Madison’s Niels Kathol or Jay Billa of Wake Forest in his second match of the day at 3:30 p.m. Both Chaffee’s matches will be played at The Dell.
Appleby will see the first singles action of his collegiate career in the Green Flight at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. He meets ETSU’s Sebastian Yllera at 10:30 a.m. in the first round, before facing either Igor Braga of Norfolk State or Rick Timmerman of Coastal Carolina at 1:45 p.m.