Pack Men's Tennis Falls to No. 34 Northwestern, 4-3
Feb. 1, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The 35th-ranked NC State men's tennis team dropped its first home match of the season to No. 34 Northwestern, 4-3, Friday evening at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. The Wildcats won the doubles point, before winning three of the first four singles matches to claim the win.
"We didn't help ourselves tonight by not capitalizing on some plays and taking advantage of our opportunities," said head coach Jon Choboy. "We've got to do a better job of not putting guys in must-win matches."
The Wildcats took two of three from the Wolfpack in doubles play to claim the doubles point and lead, 1-0, heading into singles play. Freshman Simon Norenius and junior Sean Weber were victorious in their match against Northwestern's Fedor Baev and Spencer Wolf, 8-6. Beck Bond and Austin Powell came up short against Sidarth Balaji and Raleigh Smith, 8-4, while Robbie Mudge and Thomas Weigel lost to Mihir Kumar and Alex Pasareanu by the same margin.
Weigel, playing in the No. 3 spot for the first time on the season, got the Wolfpack on the board quickly in singles play, defeating Balaji in straight sets to tie the team score at 1. The freshman won the first set, 6-4, before sealing the victory in the second set, 6-3. At the No. 2 spot, Powell fell to 108th-ranked Smith, 6-4, 6-4.
"Moving forward, our team has to mature," said Choboy. "We have to play smarter and make plays when we need to."
The matches at the three and four spots in the lineup had to be decided in three sets. Mudge, playing at the No. 1 spot, won the opening set, 6-3, before dropping the second and third sets, 6-3 and 6-2, respectively. NC state trailed 3-1 after the Mudge loss and needed a win from Weber to keep its hopes of winning the match alive. Weber and Pasareanu battled throughout the match, with the first set going to Pasareanu, 7-6(4). The Raleigh native won the second set, 6-4, before falling in the third set, 7-5, pushing Northwestern's advantage to 4-1.
State ended victorious at the five and six matches, as Norenius and Bond each collected wins. Norenius defeated Chris Jackman, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5), while Bond topped Baev, 6-3, 6-2.
NC State will return to action Friday, Feb. 8, at home against Elon at 4 p.m. in the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.
Tennis Match Results
#34 Northwestern 4, #35 NC State 3
1. Spencer Wolf (NU) def. Robbie Mudge (NCSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
1. Simon Norenius/Sean Weber (NCSU) def. Fedor Baev/Spencer Wolf (NU) 8-6
Northwestern 7-1; National ranking #34