WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 20, 2013 – Third-seeded James Madison men’s tennis had a comeback halted by second-seeded William & Mary in the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association championship semifinals, and the Dukes fell 4-2 to the Tribe in their first semifinal appearance since 2001.
JMU ends the season with a 9-11 overall record after winning five of the last seven matches of the spring. William & Mary (13-14) will face top-seeded UNCW in Sunday’s final match at 2 p.m.
After being down 3-0, the Dukes picked up two straight points in singles competition. Senior Hugo Ramadier (Paris, France/Lycee Francais Chateabriand (Northern Arizona)) battled for a straight-set victory (7-5, 7-5) over Anton Andersson at No. 2 singles to post the first JMU point of the day, which improved his spring record to 9-6. He finished his collegiate career on a four-match win-streak.
Senior Ryan Pool (Melbourne, Australia/Braemar (Chattanooga)) notched a second point for JMU with a three-set win at No. 1 singles. After Will Juggins picked up set one 6-4, Pool evened the bout with a 6-1 victory in set two. Pool pulled JMU to within one with a 6-3 win in set three, shrinking William & Mary’s lead to 3-2. He ended the season on a four-match win-streak and tallied a 13-6 record.
The Tribe, however, closed out the match with a win by John Banks at No. 5 singles. Banks took a 1-0 lead following a 6-1 victory in set one over senior Florent Sentenac (Borderes, France/Lycee Theophile Gautier (Auburn Montgomery)), but Sentenac fought back for a 6-3 win in set two to force a decisive third set. Banks held on for the 6-1 win to clinch the day’s victory for William & Mary.
In earlier singles play, senior Greg Vladimirsky (Staten Island, N.Y./Broward Virtual) saw his six-match win-streak snapped by a two-set loss (6-1, 6-1) to Ben Guthrie at No. 3 singles, and he finished with a 10-9 record. Freshman Robert Stirling (Caboolture, Australia/St. Columbans College) lost to Ben Hoogland in straight sets (7-5, 6-1) at No. 4 singles to close his freshman campaign with an 11-8 spring record. Freshman Maxi Branth’s (Stockholm, Sweden/Tullinge Gymnasium) match with Scott Huang at No. 6 singles was left unfinished.
Williams & Mary swept the doubles point 2-0. Guthrie and Banks defeated Ramadier and Vladimirsky 8-2 at No. 2 doubles before Pool and Stirling fell 8-3 to Andersson and Aaron Chaffee at No. 1 doubles. The No. 3 doubles match was discontinued.
#2 William & Mary 4, #3 JMU 2
1) Ryan Pool (JMU) def. Will Juggins (WM) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
2) Hugo Ramadier (JMU) def. Anton Andersson (WM) 7-5, 7-5
3) Ben Guthrie (WM) def. Greg Vladimirsky (JMU) 6-1, 6-1
4) Ben Hoogland (WM) def. Robert Stirling (JMU) 7-5, 6-1
5) John Banks (WM) def. Florent Sentenac (WM) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
6) Maxi Branth (JMU) vs. Scott Huang (WM) 6-2, 3-6, 4-2 DNF
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2, 1, 5*
1) Andersson/Chaffee (WM) def. Pool/Stirling (JMU), 8-3
2) Guthrie/Banks (WM) def. Ramadier/Vladimirsky (JMU), 8-2
3) Bastien Russo/Sentenac (JMU) vs. Hoogland/Juggins (WM), 6-3 DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1*