HARRISONBURG, Va., April 5, 2011 - The James Madison men's tennis team will be busy this week as it takes on four teams from the Atlantic region over the span of five days. Three matches will be at home while one will take place in Washington, D.C.
The Dukes open up the week Wednesday at 3 p.m. with a home dual against Howard. On Friday, the team will head up the road to Washington, D.C., to hit the court with Georgetown, also at 3 p.m. JMU returns home Saturday for a match with Richmond at 11 a.m., before wrapping up the week with George Washington at 1 p.m.
All three home matches will take place at Hillside Courts on campus.
The Dukes enter this week with a 9-5 record after winning their third straight last Friday, 4-3, against Delaware at Old Dominion's Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
Sophomore Greg Vladimirsky (Coral Springs, Fla./Broward Virtual) was the lone JMU player to go 2-0 with a win in singles and doubles, and he clinched the decisive fourth point to give the Dukes the narrow win over the Hens.
Howard is 6-7 this season and has won its last two matches. The Bison have victories in six of their last seven matches. JMU and Howard last met on March 29, 2009, with the Dukes sweeping the match 7-0 in Harrisonburg.
Georgetown is 6-7 this year entering Wednesday's match-up at Navy. The Hoyas have lost two of their last three dual matches. Last season, JMU split with Georgetown. The Hoyas took a 3-2 win at the VCU 4+1 Invitational in Richmond on Jan. 24, 2010, but the Dukes came back to edge GU 4-3 in Harrisonburg on March 26, 2010.
Richmond currently holds a 5-9 record with losses in three straight matches. The Spiders will have not played a match in two weeks come Saturday due to cancellations in each of their last two scheduled duals. Last year, the Dukes walked out of Richmond with a 4-3 win on April 1, 2010.
George Washington enters the week 11-8 with a Friday match at Georgetown before coming to Harrisonburg on Sunday. The Colonials have lost two of its last three matches. In the team's last meeting, GW defeated JMU 5-1 in Washington, D.C., on April 9, 2010