Feb. 13, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. -
What may have appeared to be a nail biter in doubles play quickly turned into a clinic as No. 58 NC State thoroughly dismantled South Carolina, 7-0, in a rout of a victory on Sunday, Feb. 13. The win moves the Wolfpack to 6-3 while the Gamecocks slide to 3-5.
The Pack won all six singles bouts in straight sets.
The doubles point wasn’t an easy get by any means, but the Pack pulled through when it mattered most. Dominic Hodgson and Julian Sullivan topped Nick Jones and Alexander Kostanov, 8-3, rather quickly, but Will Rollinson and Sean Weber fell to Johannes Pulsfort and Chris Sheehan, 8-6. Knotted at 7-games a piece, Jaime Pulgar landed two huge aces alongside teammate Dave Thomson to mount an 8-7 advantage, which eventually resulted in a 9-7 victory to hand the Pack the lead heading into intermission.
Hodgson, ranked No. 82 in singles, added a second team point by downing Jones, 6-1, 6-2, and Sullivan won over Cox, 6-2, 6-3. Thomson, ranked No. 106 nationally, then clinched it for the Pack with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Kostanov.
No. 61 Pulgar outlasted Machado, 7-5, 7-5, and Rafael Paez rolled by Pulsfort, 6-1, 6-1. Ivan Sanchez Gomez completed the clean sweep with a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Jake Bowling.
NC State will now enjoy over a week off, before beginning a three-match road jaunt at William & Mary on Feb. 25.
No. 58 NC State (6-3) d. South Carolina (3-5), 7-0
1. Dominic Hodgson / Julian Sullivan (NCSU) d. Nick Jones / Alexander Kostanov (SC), 8-3
2. Jaime Pulgar / Dave Thomson (NCSU) d. Chip Cox / Ivan Machado (SC), 9-7
3. Johannes Pulsfort / Chris Sheehan (SC) d. Will Rollinson / Sean Weber (NCSU), 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1. No. 61 Jaime Pulgar (NCSU) d. Ivan Machado (SC), 7-5, 7-5
2. No. 82 Dominic Hodgson (NCSU) d. Nick Jones (SC), 6-1, 6-2
3. No. 106 Dave Thomson (NCSU) d. Alexander Kostanov (SC), 6-1, 6-4
4. Julian Sullivan (NCSU) d. Chip Cox (SC), 6-2, 6-3
5. Rafael Paez (NCSU) d. Johannes Pulsfort (SC), 6-1, 6-1
6. Ivan Sanchez Gomez (NCSU) d. Jake Bowling (SC), 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 2, 4, 3, 1, 5, 6