Men's Tennis Defeats VCU, 4-3
Feb. 7, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – After five hours and the match tied at three, sophomore Simon Norenius used three consecutive breaks in a decisive third set to propel the No. 33 NC State men’s tennis team to a 4-3 victory against No. 32 VCU on Friday at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. With the win, the Wolfpack improves to 6-1 on the season, while the Rams fall to 7-3.
“That was pretty similar to the last match we played against them,” said head coach Jon Choboy. “It was a good win for the guys against a very good team in VCU and I think it's another step forward for the program.”
The Wolfpack opened the match by winning the doubles point for the fourth time this season with victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. VCU claimed the first match of the day as the duo of Wilder Pimentel and Michal Voscek defeated Austin Powell and Norenius, 8-3. State’s Nick Horton and Sean Weber answered with an 8-3 victory on court two against VCU’s Jean Baptiste-Mateo and Vuk Vitkovski. The victory for Horton and Weber was their fifth of the dual season and 10th overall.
At the No. 1 position, Robbie Mudge and Ian Dempster used a late break to get the match back on serve at 6-7, before Dempster was able to then hold serve to send the match into a deciding tiebreak. Mudge and Dempster would go on to win the match 8-7 (4) and claim the crucial doubles point for State.
“I thought Rob [Mudge] and Ian [Dempster] played really good doubles,” Choboy said. “The guys they were playing were serving for the match and they were able to break. I am not sure if either one of those guys missed many returns; they were both very, very good.”
In singles, Mudge extended State’s lead to 2-0 from the No. 2 position in the lineup, as he earned a 6-4, 6-1 straight-set victory against Voscak. The victory for Mudge is his 15th of the season. VCU pulled within one, as Weber was outlasted from the No. 4 position in three sets by Mateo, 6-2, 0-6, 7-5.VCU tied the team score at 2-2, as Powell dropped his first match of the dual season in a third set to No. 78 Huegas, 0-6, 7-5, 6-4.
The teams each swapped the next two matches. At the No. 5 position, Horton defeated Pimentel in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, while the Rams took the match at the No. 3 position as Argente defeated Weigel, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3).
In the deciding match of the day, Norenius was able to break three times in the final set to seal the victory for the Wolfpack from the No. 6 position against Vitkovski, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. For the dual season, Norenius remains unbeaten with a 4-0 ledger.
“It was a great match,” Norenius said. “It was tough, but I knew I had to step up for my team.”
Up next, the Pack will play a doubleheader against No. 26 South Carolina and Longwood inside the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 9. State and the Gamecocks will square off in a 1 p.m. match, before the Wolfpack and Longwood will take the courts in a 6 p.m. match. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match, as part of the Play 4Kay initiative to raise awareness for breast cancer.
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