Men's Tennis Ends Weekend with 4-0 Shutout Against Michigan State
Jan. 26, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The 34th-ranked NC State men's tennis team earned its third shutout of the 2014 dual season, as the squad defeated No. 49 Michigan State, 4-0, in the consolation match of the Knoxville Region at the sixth annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Wolfpack improves to 3-1 on the season, while the Spartans fall to 2-3 on the year.
"I think VCU and Michigan State are fairly comparable teams, but the difference between yesterday and today was us," said head coach Jon Choboy. "We came out and were very solid today. I felt we were a little more relaxed than we were yesterday and that helped us."
The Pack opened the match by winning the doubles point for the fourth consecutive time to open the dual season. The tandem of Robbie Mudge and Ian Dempster picked up the first victory of the day at the No. 2 position with a 6-2 win against Drew Lied and John Patrick Mullane. Moments later, the 19th-ranked tandem of Sean Weber and Nick Horton sealed the doubles point for the Pack from the top spot in the lineup with a 6-1 victory over Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun.
"Doubles has been very solid for us all year so far," Choboy said. "We can get a lot better than we are at this point. I know Michigan State is a good doubles group as well, so for us to do what we did today in doubles was good."
A native of Sydney, Australia, Horton picked up his 10th victory of the season from the No. 4 position to increase the NC State lead to 2-0. The first-year student-athlete captured a straight-set 6-3, 6-3 victory against Linders of the Spartans. Thomas Weigel gave the Pack its second singles victory of the day from the top spot in the lineup, as he defeated Pfister, 6-5 (5), 6-5 (2).
Making his dual season debut from the No. 6 position of the singles lineup, Simon Norenius clinched the team victory for the Wolfpack with a 6-4, 6-5 (5) over Michigan State's Jadun.
On court two, Powell was in a decisive third set, before his match was left unfinished at 2-6, 6-3, 2-2, while Mudge was ahead in third set of his match against Mullane, before it was also left unfinished at 6-3, 1-6, 2-1. In addition, Weber was in a second set on court five before his match was abandoned, 5-6 (4), 4-5.
Up next, the Pack will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to take on Indiana on Friday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. ET.
Tennis Match Results
#34 NC State 4, #49 Michigan State 0