Jan. 28, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
No. 57 NC State topped No. 62 Troy, 4-0, in the first round at the ITA Kick-Off on Friday, Jan. 28. The Wolfpack will now take on No. 7 Florida tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 29, with a spot at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on the line.
The win moves the Pack to 3-2 on the year, while Troy falls to 0-2.
The Pack got off to a strong start by earning the doubles point as Dominic Hodgson and Julian Sullivan beat Niklas Jonsson and Mario Rolember, 8-5, and Ivan Sanchez Gomez and Sean Weber bested Jamie Eccleton and Branko Weber, 8-6. Jaime Pulgar and Dave Thomson were also leading Mansingh Athare and Sami Ghorbel, 7-3, when their match was halted after the Pack secured the doubles tally.
The Pack kept the momentum rolling in singles play, quickly clinching the decision and leading on a fourth court when action was called off. No. 61 Pulgar cruised past Webber, 6-3, 6-3, and No. 106 Thomson stumped Jonsson, 7-5, 6-3. No. 82 Hodgson made it a done deal with a 6-2, 6-3 dismissing of Ghorbel.
Sanchez Gomez was also up a set on Eccleton, 6-4, 3-3.
The Wolfpack will face the Gators tomorrow at 1 p.m.
No. 57 NC State (3-2) vs. No. 62 Troy (0-2), 4-0
1. Dominic Hodgson / Julian Sullivan (NCSU) d. Niklas Jonsson / Mario Rolemberg (TROY), 8-5
2. Jaime Pulgar / Dave Thomson (NCSU) led Mansingh Athare / Sami Ghorbel (TROY), 7-3 DNF
3. Ivan Sanchez Gomez / Sean Weber (NCSU) d. Jamie Eccleton / Branko Webber (TROY), 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2 (DNF)
1. No. 61 Jaime Pulgar (NCSU) d. Branko Webber (TROY), 6-3, 6-3
2. No. 82 Dominic Hodgson (NCSU) d. Sami Ghorbel (TROY), 6-2, 6-3
3. No. 106 Dave Thomson (NCSU) d. Niklas Jonsson (TROY), 7-5, 6-3
4. Mario Rolemberg (TROY) led Rafael Paez (NCSU), 3-6, 5-1
5. Ivan Sanchez Gomez (NCSU) led Jamie Eccleton (TROY), 6-4, 3-3
6. Mansingh Athare (TROY) led Akash Gujarati (NCSU), 3-6, 3-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2, 4 (DNF), 5 (DNF), 6 (DNF)