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    Men's Tennis Defeats VCU, 4-3
     
    Junior Robbie Mudge
    Junior Robbie Mudge
     

    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.

    Tennis Match Results
    VCU vs NC State
    Feb 07, 2014 at Raleigh, N.C.
    (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)


    #32 NC State 4, #33 VCU 3


    Singles competition
    1. #78 Alexis Huegas (VCU) def. #50 Austin Powell (NCSU) 6-0, 5-7, 6-4
    2. #76 Robbie Mudge (NCSU) def. Michal Voscek (VCU) 6-4, 6-1
    3. Alejandro Argente (VCU) def. #82 Thomas Weigel (NCSU) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
    4. Jean Baptiste-Mateo (VCU) def. Sean Weber (NCSU) 6-2, 0-6, 7-5
    5. #83 Nick Horton (NCSU) def. Wilder Pimentel (VCU) 6-1, 6-4
    6. Simon Norenius (NCSU) def. Vuk Velickovic (VCU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

    Doubles competition
    1. Robbie Mudge/Ian Dempster (NCSU) def. Alejandro Argente/Alexis Huegas (VCU) 8-7 (7-4)
    2. #19 Nick Horton/Sean Weber (NCSU) def. Jean Baptiste-Mateo/Vuc Velickovic (VCU) 8-3
    3. Michal Voscek/Wilder Pimentel (VCU) def. Austin Powell/Simon Norenius (NCSU) 8-3

    Match Notes:
    VCU 7-3; National ranking #33
    NC State 6-1; National ranking #32
    Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,1,5,3)
    T-5:20 A-131

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