WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 31, 2012 - The James Madison men's tennis team defeated William and Mary 4-1 on Saturday. The victory marks the first time the Dukes have beaten the Tribe since 1996 and improved JMU to 8-7 on the season, including a 2-1 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Tribe fell to 9-13 on the season, 1-1 in the CAA.
The Dukes fell behind early, dropping the tightly-contested doubles point. Juniors Greg Vladimirsky (Coral Springs, Fla./Broward Virtual) and Bertrand Moulin (Lyon, France/Aux Lazaristes Minimes(Wayne State)) defeated Anton Andersson and Will Juggins 8-5 at No. 1, but William and Mary responded, winning the final two doubles matches to earn the point. In No. 3 doubles Jacob Braig and Ben Hoogland defeated JMU's senior/junior pairing of Tommi Nissinen (Oulu, Finland/Kastellin Lukio) and Hugo Ramadier (Rome, Italy/Lycee Francais Chateabriand (Northern Arizona)) 9-8(1) and John Banks, and Robert Pietrucha took down juniors Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia/Braemar(Chattanooga)) and Florent Sentenac (Borderes, France/Lycee Theophile Gautier(Auburn Montgomery)) 9-8(4).
In singles play, Vladimirsky started the momentum swing for the Dukes in the No. 1 spot, downing Adrian Vodislav in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 and Moulin kept it going, defeating Pietrucha in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, to give JMU a 2-1 match advantage.
Ramadier made it 3-1 Dukes with his fifth straight singles win. He worked past Banks in three sets, earning the 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, victory.
JMU then completed a feat it hasn't accomplished in 16 years. At No.3 singles, Sentenac took down Hoogland in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, earning JMU a victory over the Tribe for the first time since 1996.
With the Dukes already having secured the win, the No.2 and No. 6 singles matches were unable to finish. At No. 2 Andersson was leading Pool 7-5, 4-6, 2-1, and Juggins led Nissinen 6-0, 4-6, 4-1.
James Madison 4, William and Mary 1
March 31, 2012
No. 1 - Vladimirsky/Moulin (JMU) def. Andersson/Juggins (W&M) - 8-5
No. 2 - Banks/Pietrucha (W&M) def. Pool/Sentenac (JMU) - 9-8 (4)
No. 3 - J. Braig/Hoogland (W&M) def. Nissinen/Ramadier (JMU) - 9-8 (1)
No. 1 - Greg Vladimirsky (JMU) def. Adrian Vodislav (W&M) - 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 - Anton Andersson (W&M) vs. Ryan Pool (JMU) - 7-5, 4-6, 2-1, DNF
No. 3 - Florent Sentenac (JMU) def. Ben Hoogland (W&M) - 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 - Hugo Ramadier (JMU) def. John Banks (W&M) - 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
No. 5 - Bertrand Moulin (JMU) def. Robert Pietrucha (W&M) - 6-3, 7-5
No. 6 - Will Juggins (W&M) vs. Tommi Nissinen (JMU) - 6-0, 4-6, 4-1, DNF
Order of Finish:
Doubles: 1, 3, 2*
Singles: 1, 5, 4, 3*