Men's Tennis Records 2nd 7-0 Sweep of Day Against UNC Greensboro
Feb. 12, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – A completely new lineup didn’t change the outcome for the NC State men’s tennis team, as the No. 51 Wolfpack downed UNC Greensboro, 7-0, for its second victory of the day on Sunday afternoon and its sixth shutout of the season.
With Sunday's earlier win over William & Mary, the No. 51 Wolfpack (10-1) has now matched its victory total from last season.
Head coach Jon Choboy revamped his lineup for the second match, giving seniors Jaime Pulgar and Dominic Hodgson a rest and inserting freshman Robbie Mudge into the No. 1 singles slot for the first time in his career.
Mudge (9-0) got off to a rocky start, falling behind UNC Greensboro’s Orcun Seyrek, 0-3. He fought back, however, to a 4-3 advantage and won eight of his last nine games to win in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, to keep his streak of 18 consecutive sets alive.
“He was down early on, but I talked with him during the change-over and calmed him down a little,” Choboy said. “He’s played great all season, but sometimes you forget he’s a freshman and every now and then he needs to have that.”
Senior Julian Sullivan, playing in Hodgson’s No. 2 spot for the first time this year, was the first Wolfpack player to post a singles win, downing UNCG’s Ahmet Sarioglu, 6-2, 6-3, to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Freshman Beck Bond, who lost his first singles match of the season against South Carolina on Saturday, bounced back with a pair of wins on Sunday, including a match-clinching 7-6, 6-1 win over Randy Phillips at No. 4 singles.
Sophomore Sean Weber stepped into the lineup at No. 3, along with sophomore Ivan Sanchez Gomez at No. 5 and junior Rafael Paez at No. 6 and won straight-set victories over the Spartans, as the Wolfpack didn’t lose a set in the entire match.
“The top of our lineup has played well all season, but they are getting a lot of help, too,” Choboy said. “We have a lot of depth and we like to use it. Our opponents don’t always know who we are going to put out there, and we like to keep them guessing.
“We feel very good about everybody in our lineup.”
The Pack rolled in doubles, winning all three matches. Regular No. 1 duo Sullivan and Weber cruised again, improving to 7-4 on the season. Hodgson and sophomore Matt Thomson won at No. 2 by an 8-5 margin, while Sanchez Gomez and Paez stepped in for a quick 8-1 victory at No. 3 doubles.
The Wolfpack will have next weekend off before returning to action at Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on Feb. 25.
NC State 7, UNC Greensboro 0
Records: NC State 10-1, UNC Greensboro 2-3.