Men's Tennis Records 5th Shutout of Season, 7-0, Over William & Mary
Feb. 12, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 51 NC State men’s tennis team recorded its fifth shutout of the season on Sunday as it swept unranked William & Mary, 7-0, at the Isenhour Tennis Center.
The Wolfpack (9-1) is off to its best start since the 2007 team opened with a 14-1 record, while the Tribe (6-7) lost its third consecutive match, all against teams ranked in the top 75.
State opened the match with come-from-behind victories in the top two doubles’ contests. At No. 1, senior Julian Sullivan and sophomore Sean Weber came back from a 5-6 deficit to beat William and Mary’s Ben Guthrie and John Banks, 8-6. No. 2, senior Dominic Hodgson and sophomore Matt Thomson fought back after being down 4-5 and 6-7 to force a tie and won the tiebreaker, 7-1.
“William & Mary historically has been excellent in doubles, so sweeping all three matches was great for us,” NC State head coach Jon Choboy said. “Getting that point started us off on the right foot.”
Mudge, a freshman from Winston-Salem, N.C., continued to sail through his inaugural college campaign, winning 6-0, 6-3, at No. 3 singles. He has still yet to lose a set this season while compiling an 8-0 record.
Sullivan, a senior from Philadelphia, had an identical 6-0, 6-3, score in winning at No. 4 singles as he improved to 5-1 on the season.
Pulgar, the two-time All-ACC selection from Madrid, Spain, also won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to improve to 8-1 this year.
Hodgson, a senior from London, England, needed three sets to beat Ben Guthrie at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.
Freshmen Austin Powell and Beck Bond also cruised to wins to complete the Wolfpack’s fifth shutout in nine overall victories. Powell (7-0) joined classmate Mudge in remaining undefeated in his first season of collegiate competition.
“I think our guys are playing with an edge to them right now,” Choboy said. “They’re really getting after it. I think our conditioning is really good. We’ve played a lot of matches in the early season and we haven’t been physically beaten in a single match.”
The Wolfpack is scheduled to play a second match on Sunday at 4 p.m. against in-state opponent UNC Greensboro. Next weekend, State is off for the first time since the middle of January. It returns to action on Feb. 25 when it travels to Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern.
NC State 7, William & Mary 0