Men's Tennis Takes Second 7-0 Sweep of Opening Day
Jan. 14, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 59 NC State men’s tennis team added its second consecutive sweep to open the season with a 7-0 victory over UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon at the Isenhour Tennis Complex.
Led by No. 1 singles player and two-time All-ACC pick Jaime Pulgar, the Wolfpack (2-0) remained perfect in the young season after tallying a 7-0 victory over Gardner-Webb earlier in the day for its eighth consecutive season-opening win.
The senior lefthander from Spain, who spent the summer and fall playing on the ITF Futures Tour against some of the world’s best young players, won both of his singles matches and doubles matches on the day.
But head coach Jon Choboy was impressed with his three freshmen, who contributed five of the team’s 12 singles victories in the two matches. No. 100 Austin Powell of Muscle Shoals, Ala., won both his matches, beating Gardner-Webb’s No. 2 player Korhan Ates, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (5), and UNC Asheville’s No. 5 player Thomas Rees, 6-3, 7-5.
“We came out in the second match and did a little better job in the doubles,” Choboy said. “We did what we had hoped to do.
“We were a little up and down in some of our singles matches, but it these were two good matches to start the season.”
Choboy used two different lineups for the two matches, with Pulgar the only NC State player in the same position in both matches. Senior Julian Sullivan won a hard-fought three-set match at No. 2 against UNC Asheville’s Matt Waissen, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) after losing the first set.
Freshman Robbie Mudge of Mooresville, N.C., swept through his match quickly with a 6-0, 6-0, win over Ryan Matthews.
In doubles play, Choboy used Sullivan and sophomore Sean Weber as his No. 1 team in both matches. Sophomore Matt Thomson and senior Dominic Hodgson played the No. 2 spot against UNC Asheville, while Pulgar and sophomore Ivan Sanchez Gomez played there against Gardner-Webb.
Pulgar teamed with Powell in the second match, while Mudge and junior Will Rollinson played together in the first match at the No. 3 spot.
The Wolfpack returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Penn State at 10 a.m. and East Carolina at 4 p.m. at the Isenhour Tennis Complex.
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