Men's Tennis Opens Strong at the Wolfpack Invite
Jan. 10, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The 35th-ranked NC State men’s tennis team opened its 2014 slate Friday on the first day of competition at the Wolfpack Invite. The Pack opened the morning session by winning seven of eight singles matches against William & Mary inside the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.
“I felt like we did what we had to do, but with this new format we’re going to have to get used to it a little more,” said head coach Jon Choboy. “Matches are being played a little differently with no ad-scoring. I think every team in the country is going to find that to be the case.”
Junior Austin Powell, ranked 50th in the singles rankings to open the season, captured the first match of the day with a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Will Juggins to record his team-leading 11th victory of the season.
Senior Sean Weber gave the Pack its second victory of the morning, as he picked up a straight-set victory over Ben Guthrie, 6-4, 6-5 (1). A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., junior Robbie Mudge rallied after dropping the first set of his match against Damon Niquet to win in a decisive third set, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
After debuting in the first rankings of the season at No. 83, freshman Nick Horton rallied to win in three sets against the Tribe’s John Banks, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, while freshman Ryan Newman cruised to victory in his match against Zach Braig, 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Thomas Weigel suffered the Pack's only loss of the day, as he dropped a hard-fought contest against Ben Hoogland, 6-5 (6), 6-5 (2).
The Pack will be back in action on Saturday, as the squad will play doubles matches against Elon and William & Mary, respectively. The matches against Elon are set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.
Ben Hoogland (W&M) def. No. 82 Thomas Weigel (NCSU), 6-5 (6), 6-5 (2)