Men's Tennis Snags 6-1 Wins Over East Carolina, Penn State
Jan. 22, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Making use of his deep roster, NC State head coach Jon Choboy used five different starters in the Wolfpack's 6-1 victory over in-state rival East Carolina on Sunday afternoon at the Isenhour Tennis Center.
Earlier in the day, the Pack defeated Penn State 6-1, with the only Wolfpack singles starter in both matches being senior Jaime Pulgar, a two-time All-ACC selection from Madrid, Spain.
"We had a little bit different lineup out there in the second match, and a couple of them had to battle on the courts to get their wins," said head coach Jon Choboy. "That was good for them. It's good to get out there and have to work for it.
"That will help us later this spring, as we learn how to best use the depth we have on this team."
After sweeping the three doubles matches against the Pirates, the first wave of singles action was closely contested, as East Carolina pushed Pulgar and sophomore Ivan Sanchez Gomez to three sets. Sanchez Gomez's victory assured the Wolfpack of its fourth consecutive win to start the season.
It's the best start to a season for head coach Jon Choboy's program since the 2007 squad won its first eight matches. That team qualified for the NCAA Championships and advanced to the Elite Eight.
Senior Julian Sullivan also had a tight match against East Carolina's Nicolas Soriano, winning the first set 6-3 and coming back from a 2-5 deficit in the second set to win the match.
In the second wave of singles, redshirt sophomore Matt Thomson of London won handily at No. 6 with a 6-2, 6-1 decision over ECU's David Masciorini.
Next weekend, the Pack travels to Lexington, Ky., next weekend to participate in the ITA Kickoff with host Kentucky, Tulsa and East Tennessee State. The Wolfpack will face the Wildcats at noon on Friday, followed by a match between Tulsa and ETSU at 3 p.m.
"That will be a good challenge for us, to go on the road for the first time," Choboy said. "It will be different atmosphere for us."
The two losers will face each other the next day at 10 a.m. in the consolation match and the two winners will meet at 1 p.m. in the championship match.
No. 59 NC State, East Carolina
No. 59 NC State 6, Penn State 1