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Tribe Outlasts BIG EAST Foe Georgetown
Updated: Monday 02/19/2012 (ET)
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Williamsburg, Va. - The William and Mary men's tennis team outlasted BIG EAST foe Georgetown, 5-2, on Sunday night at the McCormack Nagelsen Tennis Center. The Green and Gold swept doubles and received singles wins from graduate student Robert Pietrucha, junior Adrian Vodislav, sophomore Ben Guthrie and freshman Will Juggins to pull out the victory. The Tribe, which had its first match of the day against Navy cancelled due to traveling complications for the Midshipmen, improved to 7-8 on the year, while Georgetown, which won at Old Dominion on Saturday, fell to 5-3.

W&M opened the match by sweeping doubles to claim the initial point of the contest. The Tribe's top tandem of junior Anton Andersson and Juggins got the College off to a good start with a commanding 8-3 win over Andrew Bruhn and Charlie Caris. It marked their second win of the season. Playing together for the first time this season, senior Ilja Orre and sophomore John Banks clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 win at the No. 2 post over Andrew Dottino and Alex Tropiano. Pietrucha and Guthrie rounded out the sweep with an 8-6 win over Shane Korber and John Brosens at the No. 3 post.

After Georgetown evened the match with a three-set win at the No. 1 spot, Vodislav recorded his sixth win of the season to put the College back on top. He downed Shane Korber, 6-2, 6-4, at the No. 2 position. Pietrucha won in straight sets at the No. 6 post to extend the Green and Gold advantage to 3-1. The Tribe graduate student took the opening set, 7-5, and then outlasted Georgetown's Casey Distaso in a tiebreaker second set to improve to dual-match ledger to 6-4. Pietrucha moved to 14-9 overall on the season.

The balance of the match came down to a trio of three-set matches at the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 slot. Juggins raced out to a set lead over Georgetown's Brian Ward, 6-3, before the Hoya senior bounced back with a 6-2 win in the second set. The Tribe rookie again forced the action in the early part of the third set, jumping out to a 5-2 advantage. Ward won three straight games to pull even at five, but Juggins claimed the last two games, including a break in the 12th, to clinch the Tribe team win with a 7-5 triumph in the third set. It marked Juggin's seventh victory of the year as he won for the fifth time in his last six matches.

At No. 3, Guthrie rounded out the Tribe victory with a three-set win. He won the opening set over Charlie Caris, 7-5, before the Georgetown player claimed the second set, 6-4. In the decisive third, the Tribe sophomore broke Caris in the 10th game to claim a 6-4 win. It marked Guthrie's sixth singles win of the season and his third in dual-match play.  

The Tribe will wrap up its three-match homestand with a Sunday, Feb. 26, doubleheader at the McCormack Nagelsen Tennis Center. The Tribe faces No. 38-ranked Nebraska at 10 a.m., before welcoming CAA foe George Mason to Williamsburg at 5 p.m.

William and Mary 5, Georgetown 2
Singles
No. 1 - Andrew Bruhn (GU) def. Anton Andersson (W&M) - 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 - Adrian Vodislav (W&M) def. Shane Korber (GU) - 6-2, 6-4
No. 3 - Ben Guthrie (W&M) def. Charlie Caris (GU) - 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
No. 4 - Andrew Dottino (GU) def. John Banks (W&M) - 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
No. 5 - Will Juggins (W&M) def. Brian Ward (GU) - 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
No. 6 - Robert Pietrucha (W&M) vs. Casey Distaso (GU) - 7-5, 7-6
Finishing Order: 1, 2, 6, 5*, 3, 4

Doubles
No. 1 - Andersson/Juggins (W&M) def. Bruhn/Caris (GU) - 8-3
No. 2 - Banks/Orre (W&M) def. Dottino/ Tropiano (GU) - 8-4
No. 3 - Guthrie/Pietrucha (W&M) def. Korber/Brosens (GU) - 8-6
Finishing Order: 1, 2*, 3










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