NORFOLK, Va. - The William and Mary men’s tennis team rallied from a 3-1 deficit, winning the final two singles matches off the court in three sets to knock off Hampton Roads rival Old Dominion at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon. After dropping the doubles point, W&M answered with four singles wins, and junior Will Juggins came back from a set deficit at No. 3 to clinch the Tribe’s first win at ODU since 2011. The Green and Gold close out the regular season on a hot streak, having won 14 of its last 17 heading to the CAA Tournament at 16-8 on the year.
“I am tremendously happy for the players,” head coach Peter Daub said. “They earned this victory with their hard work, conditioning and ability to handle the emotional and mental stress of the match. We have worked hard in those aspects leading up to the end of the regular season, and it paid off today.”
W&M claimed a valuable 10 points in the Optima Health Challenge, a running score of all the direct competitions between the two schools. It pushed the Tribe’s lead in the event to 50-35 with just two meetings left. The Green and Gold can claim the Optima Health Challenge Trophy for the first time in the three-year history of the event with a victory in either baseball on April 15 or lacrosse on April 26.
With wins by freshman Damon Niquet and senior John Banks at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions, W&M cut Old Dominion's lead to 3-2 with a pair of three-set matches remaining. At the No. 2 post, freshman Addison Appleby and ODU senior Dante Terenzio split the opening two sets by matching 6-2 scores. The Green and Gold rookie got the better of his elder counterpart in the decisive third set, claiming a 6-4 victory to even the match at three apiece. The triumph was the third straight and 12th of the year for Appleby, who claimed his first win at No. 2 and eighth in dual-match play.
The balance of the heated affair came down to the three-setter at No. 3 between Juggins and ODU’s Zvonimir Podvinski. The Monarch sophomore took the opening set, 6-3, before Juggins responded with a 6-4 win in the second. The Tribe junior pulled out the victory, cementing the Green and Gold win with a 6-4 triumph in third set. Juggins recorded his 17th overall win of the season and ninth at No. 3. He won for the second straight match and improved to 13-8 in dual-match competition.
ODU took the doubles points with wins at No. 1 and No. 2, but the initial point of the match came down to a pair of tiebreaker contests. The Monarchs took the early advantage with a win at the top doubles post, but the Tribe rookie tandem of Appleby and Niquet remained perfect in dual-match competition with an 8-7 (5) win over ODU’s Carlos Lopez Villa and Abdoulaye Camara at No. 3. The home side took the doubles point though as Zvonimir Podvinski and Koen Wiggemans outlasted the Tribe’s senior pair of Banks and Ben Hoogland in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (4), at No. 2.
In singles, the Monarchs recorded straight-sets wins at No. 1 and No. 3, while the Tribe answered with wins at the bottom two posts. Banks won his 20th match of the season, bouncing Abdoulaye Camara, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 6 slot. He improved to 16-5 in dual-match completion with his third straight win.
At No. 5, Niquet remained perfect at the spot as he dispatched of Darragh Glavin, 6-2, 7-5, for his seventh straight victory. The Milwaukee, Wis., native improved to a remarkable 13-0 at the No. 5 and 21-9 overall on the year.
For the second straight season, the Tribe will host the Colonial Athletic Association Championship, April 18-20, at the Tennis Facility. The official seeding and match times will be released early next week by the CAA. Stay tuned to TribeAthletics.com for more information.
William and Mary 4, Old Dominion 3
No. 1 – #77 Carlos Lopez Villa (ODU) def. Ben Hoogland (W&M) – 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 – Addison Appleby (W&M) def. Dante Terenzio (ODU) – 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
No. 3 – Will Juggins (W&M) def. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU) – 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 – Jonas Kuwert (ODU) def. Scott Huang (W&M) – 6-1, 7-5
No. 5 – Damon Niquet (W&M) def. Darragh Glavin (ODU) – 6-2, 7-5
No. 6 – John Banks (W&M) def. Abdoulaye Camara (ODU) – 6-2, 6-2
No. 1 – Kuwert/Terenzio (ODU) def. Chaffee/Juggins (W&M) – 8-3
No. 2 – Wiggemans/Podvinski (ODU) def. Banks/Hoogland (W&M) – 8-7 (4)
No. 3 – Appleby/Niquet (W&M) def. Lopez Villa/Camara (ODU) – 8-7 (5)