Men's Tennis Sweeps Charlotte, 7-0, for Doubleheader Wins
Feb. 5, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State’s No. 58 men’s tennis team rolled to a doubleheader sweep on Sunday afternoon, with a 7-0 victory over Charlotte at the Isenhour Tennis Center.
Earlier in the day, the Wolfpack (7-1) downed No. 45 Cornell, 4-3.
“These were two good wins,” head coach Jon Choboy said. “After winning the first four points against Cornell, we didn’t assert ourselves the way I would have liked. That’s something we will work on this week.
“But the top of the lineup played well and we got strong play from our young guys.”
Both senior Jaime Pulgar of Madrid, Spain, and freshman Robbie Mudge of Winston-Salem, N.C., won a pair of singles matches on the day and teamed together to win a pair of doubles matches. Pulgar improved to 6-1 on the season, while Mudge remained undefeated at 6-0.
In the match against Charlotte, Mudge played for the first time this season at No. 2 singles, bumping up one spot in place of senior Dominic Hodgson. Mudge, who has yet to lose a set this season, defeated Charlotte’s Alex Calott, 6-4, 6-2.
“He’s playing really well right now, no matter where we put him in the lineup,” Choboy said. “He wanted to play two matches on Sunday and he played well in both.”
Pulgar, after opening with a 6-1 win in the first set, won the second set 7-6, with a 10-5 advantage in the tiebreaker over Charlotte’s Jack Williams.
Mudge and Pulgar scored an 8-2 victory over Williams and Krzysztof Kwasiniewiez, pushing their doubles record to 4-0.
“They playing pretty well together,” Choboy said. “It’s a good combination of a senior and a freshman working together. I think they will keep getting better as the season goes along.”
Freshman Beck Bond of Meriden, Conn., also improved to 3-0 in singles competition with his victory over Charlotte’s Kamil Khalil, 6-4, 6-1. Along with freshman Austin Powell of Muscle Shoals, Ala., the freshman trio of Mudge, Powell and Bond are a combined 14-0 on the season.
Senior Julian Sullivan of Philadelphia finished his opponent, Paul Cisti, at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-2, to give the Wolfpack its first win against Charlotte in singles competition. Sullivan also paired with junior Sean Weber for one of the Wolfpack’s two wins in doubles play.
State will host three matches next weekend, hosting South Carolina at noon on Saturday and William & Mary at 10 a.m. and UNC Greensboro at 4 p.m. on Sunday. All home matches are played at the Isenhour Tennis Center and admission is free for all spectators.
NC State 7, Charlotte 0