The way the Tribe is competing under first-year coach Tyler Thomson, though, W&M soon figures to be on the list. The only question is how high.
In the first of two indoor matches in the Boston area, W&M (4-1) won 5-2 Friday at No. 71 Harvard. The victory was a good follow-up to the Tribe's dramatic Tuesday triumph at McCormack-Nagelsen Center, where W&M needed to win the last four singles matches on the court to beat No. 19 Ole Miss 4-3 -- and did so.
Friday, despite losing a pair of doubles matches to fall behind 1-0, W&M got straight-sets victories from its top five players: Maria Belaya, Jeltje Loomans, Leeza Nemchinov, Hope Johnson and Anik Cepeda.
Yates, ranked fifth nationally at 165 pounds, was joined in the Hokies' winners' circle by sixth-ranked Nick Brascetta (149), No. 7 Jesse Dong (157) and David Marone (285), all of whom will be No. 1 seeds in the ACC championships.
Jarrod Garnett, at 125, scored a 9-1 major decision. ...Old Dominion held off Binghamton 21-18 at Constant Center, taking a 21-6 lead and surviving a host of late bout victories by the visitors.
The Monarchs remained unbeaten in the Colonial Athletic Association and at home. Wins by Rob Deutsch (125 pounds), Scott Festejo (133), Justin LaValle (141), No. 25 John Nicholson (157) and Brett Miller (165) provided them the big lead.
Binghamton won the last four bouts, but only got three points for each triumph.
On the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kickoff Weekend, which uses 15 four-team regionals to determine the field for the national indoor championships, No. 1 Virginia beat No. 63 North Florida 9-0 in the first round for the right to meet No. 55 Arkansas, which ousted No. 62 Georgia State 4-2.
Two of U.Va.'s eight singles winners under a modified format included Alex Domijan, ranked second nationally, and Jarmere Jenkins, ranked fourth. ...
Northwestern edged Virginia Tech 4-3, putting the Hokies into a consolation match against Middle Tennessee State, which lost 7-0 at Duke.