Men’s tennis: Tribe takes down James Madison in season opener

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Sunday, Jan. 26, William and Mary (1-0, CAA 1-0) started its season strong, defeating Colonial Athletic Association opponent James Madison (2-1, CAA 0-1) in a convincing 6-1 victory.

The Tribe took a quick lead, winning the doubles point from the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. In the No. 1 position, senior Brenden Volk and freshman George Davis dominated the Dukes’ Alvaro Arce and Gonzalo Adis, winning 6-2. In the No. 3 position, Tribe sophomores Daniel Pellerito and Oren Vasser found themselves down 3-4, before winning the final three games finishing 6-4 and clinching the doubles point.

The Tribe pushed that lead to 3-0 with impressive wins from both junior Finbar Talcott and Davis. Talcott dropped just one game, winning in two sets 6-0, 6-1 and Davis defeated Adis again 6-3, 6-1.

Vasser and Pellerito added to the Tribe lead, as they both won in straight sets, each dropping only four games, making it 5-0. At the No. 2 position, Acre bested Volk in straight sets, winning 6-4, 6-2 for the Dukes’ only win of the day.

To finish the day, at the No. 2 position, sophomore Joseph Brailovsky defeated the Dukes’ Stefan Petrovic 6-2, 7-5 and sealing a 6-1 victory for the College’s season opener.

The Tribe will be back at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center Feb. 7 and 9, taking on Norfolk State and Longwood, respectively.