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Men's Tennis Travels to ODU for Optima Health Challenge Tilt
Updated: Friday 04/10/2014 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men’s tennis team will close out the regular season against Old Dominion in an Optima Health Challenge match-up on Saturday afternoon. The tilt is slated for a noon start time at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk on Saturday, April 12.

Optima Health Challenge
For the third straight season, the Tribe and Monarchs are competing against one another in the Optima Health Challenge, a running score of all the direct competitions between the two schools. In total, the Tribe and Monarchs will compete in 10 different sports (10 points per sport) during the 2013-14 season with a champion being named at the end of the athletic season and receiving the Optima Health Trophy. The Tribe currently leads the challenge, 40-35, with just 25 points remaining. Ten points will be on the line when W&M and ODU square off on the tennis court on Saturday, while another five points will be up for grabs in baseball on April 15 and the final 10 for Lacrosse on April 26. The winning school will be the first to tally 55 points. ODU won the opening two years of the Optima Health Challenge, including a narrow 65-55 win last season.

Scouting William and Mary
The Tribe has won 13 of its last 16 matches to sit at 15-8 on the year entering the final regular season match. W&M dispatched of UMBC and Morgan State in a doubleheader last week to push its win total to 15 on the year. It marks the 11th time in head coach Peter Daub’s 21 seasons that the Tribe has amassed 15 or more dual-match wins in a season. Daub owns 307 wins at William and Mary and 518 in his career. In the win over UMBC, the Tribe claimed the doubles point and clinched the initial point of the match with a victory at No. 1 from juniors Aaron Chaffee and Will Juggins. The Green and Gold picked up straight-sets singles wins from senior John Banks and freshmen Addison Appleby and Damon Niquet cemented the Tribe triumph over UMBC. In the second match of the day, the Tribe swept doubles to take the initial point of the match for the 18th time on the year. In singles, Banks and Appleby posted their second singles wins on the day, while junior Zach Braig clinched the team triumph with a win at No. 6. Senior Ben Hoogland, Juggins and sophomore Scott Huang won at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 to round out the Tribe sweep.

Scouting Old Dominion
The Monarchs are 12-8 overall on the year and 11-5 at home in the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Facility. ODU is coming off a 6-1 setback at South Alabama on April 5 and had its match at UAB a day later rained out. The Monarchs are 1-0 in Conference USA thanks to its 4-3 win over UTSA earlier this season. W&M and ODU have nine common opponents this season, including Howard, Morgan State, Princeton, UMBC, Temple, UTSA, Hampton, Dartmouth and James Madison. Both the Tribe and Monarchs are 7-2 against the group with losses to Dartmouth and Princeton. Carlos Lopez Villa is ODU’s top player as he enters the match ranked No. 77 nationally in singles and is 18-1 on the year. The Tribe and Monarchs are familiar with one another, having squared off during the Tribe Invitational in November.

Series History: W&M vs. ODU
Old Dominion leads the series with the Tribe at 30-23, including a 13-7 mark in Norfolk. W&M won six straight in the series between 2008 and 2011, but ODU has won the last two, both by narrow 4-3 decisions in 2012 and 2013. In fact, four of the last six matches between the Tribe and Monarchs have been decided by 4-3 scores. The 2014 meeting will mark the 38th straight season in which the teams have met.

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