Tribe Rolls SEC foe South Carolina
Columbus, Ohio - The William and Mary mens tennis team earned a split at the ITA Kick-off Weekend, rolling to a 4-0 win over Southeastern Conference opponent and No. 69-ranked South Carolina on Sunday at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center. W&M improves to 6-3 on the year with the victory.
The Tribe took the top two doubles posts to claim the opening point of the match. One day after upsetting the No. 6-ranked doubles team in the country, senior Sebastien Vidal and sophomore Jamie Whiteford continued to roll with an 8-2 win over Chip Cox and Ivan Machado at the No. 1 position. Vidal and Whiteford won their third straight match in improving to 7-2 on the year. Sophomore Anton Andersson and freshman Ben Guthrie clinched the pairs point with an 8-6 triumph over Johannes Pulsfort and Chris Sheehan at the No. 2 slot. The Tribe twosome bumped their season ledger to 5-3.
Andersson quickly increased the W&M advantage to 2-0 with a straight sets win at the top singles spot. He defeated Machado, 6-1, 6-2, for his 11th singles win of the season as he improved to 5-3 at the No. 1 singles position.
Freshman Ben Hoogland and sophomore Adrian Vodislav clinched the W&M victory with straight sets triumphs at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions, respectively. Hoogland won for the 12th time this year, downing Harry Menzies, 6-3, 6-2, before Vodislav notched a 6-4, 6-0 victory in the clincher over Sheehan. It marked the 12th win of the season for Vodislav as he improved to 5-3 in dual-match competition.
The Green and Gold will hit the road to face a trio of nationally ranked foes next week. The College treks to No. 73 Yale on Thursday, Feb. 3, for a 2 p.m. match, before heading to Boston, Mass., for tilts against No. 46 Indiana and No. 64 Harvard. W&M faces IU on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m., before battling Harvard on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m.
#75 William and Mary 4, #69 South Carolina 0
No. 1 Anton Andersson (W&M) def. Ivan Machado (SCAR) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 Ben Guthrie (W&M) vs. Alexander Kostanov (SCAR) 3-6, 3-3, unfinished
No. 3 Jamie Whiteford (W&M) vs. Chip Cox (SCAR) 7-6, 0-2, unfinished
No. 4 Sebastien Vidal (W&M) vs. Johannes Pulsfort (SCAR) 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
No. 5 Ben Hoogland (W&M) def. Harry Menzies (SCAR) 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Adrian Vodislav (W&M) def. Chris Sheehan (SCAR) 6-4, 6-0
Finishing Order: 1, 5, 6 *
No. 1 Vidal/Whiteford (W&M) def. Cox/Machado (SCAR) 8-2
No. 2 Andersson/Guthrie (W&M) def. Pulsfort/Sheehan (SCAR) 8-6
No. 3 Orre/Vodislav (W&M) vs. Kostanov/Menzies (SCAR) 7-4, unfinished
Finishing Order: 1, 2*