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    No. 19 Wolfpack Falls to No. 10 Duke in ACC Opener

    March 9, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 19 NC State men’s tennis team dropped its first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) match of the season against No. 10 Duke, 7-0, Sunday afternoon at Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium. State falls to 11-3 on the season and 0-1 in ACC play, while Duke improves to 8-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

    The match opened with the Blue Devils winning the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. At the No. 2 spot in the order, the tandem of Sean Weber and Simon Norenius dropped their match against Duke’s Fred Saba and Raphael Hemmeler, 8-4. Duke sealed the opening point with an 8-5 victory at the No. 3 position, as Cale Hammond and Bruno Semenzato defeated Austin Powell and Beck Bond.

    The tandem of Ian Dempster and Robbie Mudge dropped their first match this season, as the 33rd-ranked duo of Michael Redlicki and Jason Tahir won in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (4).

    In singles, Duke’s Tahir defeated Mudge, 6-2, 6-2, on court two, while Norenius dropped his match against Hemmeler, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 5 spot in the order. Meanwhile, Weber fell to Semenzato on court five, 6-2, 6-2, as the win from Semenzato sealed the team win for the Blue Devils.

    Thomas Weigel dropped his match at the No. 3 position against Saba, 7-5, 6-1, while Powell fell against 37th-ranked Redlicki, 6-3, 7-5. Nick Horton captured the first set in his match on court six against Josh Levine, 6-4, but dropped the next set and was edged in a third set tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9).



    Up next, the Wolfpack will host No. 11 North Carolina on Friday, March 14 at the Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium. The match is slated for a 4 p.m. first serve. 

    Tennis Match Results
    Duke vs NC State
    Mar 09, 2014 at Raleigh, N.C.
    (Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium) 

    #10 Duke 7, #19 NC State 0

    Singles competition
    1. #37 Michael Redlicki (DUKE) def. #45 Austin Powell (NCSU) 6-3, 7-5
    2. #40 Jason Tahir (DUKE) def. #91 Robbie Mudge (NCSU) 6-2, 6-2
    3. #58 Fred Saba (DUKE) def. #122 Thomas Weigel (NCSU) 7-5, 6-1
    4. #94 Bruno Semenzato (DUKE) def. Sean Weber (NCSU) 6-2, 6-2
    5. Raphael Hemmeler (DUKE) def. Simon Norenius (NCSU) 6-3, 6-4
    6. Josh Levine (DUKE) def. Nick Horton (NCSU) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9) 

    Doubles competition
    1. #33 Jason Tahir/Michael Redlicki (DUKE) def. #42 Robbie Mudge/Ian Dempster (NCSU) 8-7 (7-4)
    2. Fred Saba/Raphael Hemmeler (DUKE) def. Simon Norenius/Sean Weber (NCSU) 8-4
    3. Cale Hammond/Bruno Semenzato (DUKE) def. Austin Powell/Beck Bond (NCSU) 8-5 

    Match Notes:
    Duke 8-3 (1-0 ACC); National ranking #10
    NC State 11-3 (0-1 ACC); National ranking #19
    Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,5,4,1,6)
    T-3:08 A-356

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