No. 21 Men's Tennis Takes 4-3 Win Over Binghamton
March 10, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – Junior Rafael Paez broke his opponent’s serve to end a third-set tie and went on to win a marathon match at No. 3 singles, giving No. 21 NC State a 4-3 victory over unranked Binghamton in the first men’s match at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium.
Paez lost a 15-13 tiebreaker in the first set, came back to win the second set 7-5, then ended a 4-4 tie by breaking Bearcat junior Bastian Bornkessel’s serve for the match-clinching victory, as the Wolfpack men won their 12th consecutive home match over the last two years and their first contest at the new $3 million arena.
“Rafael did a good job for us,” head coach Jon Choboy said. “He kept getting better and better as the match went along. It was good for us, because we were sitting three of our top six players. [Paez] has been here for three years and he’s had some experience in those situations.”
Choboy altered his lineup in the first of two Saturday matches, putting senior Dominic Hodgson at No. 1 singles and freshman Robbie Mudge at No. 2, while No. 86 ranked Jaime Pulgar sat out of the lineup.
Hodgson and Mudge both cruised to straight-set victories, with Hodgson (7-4) defeating Ruben Devos 6-4, 6-3. Mudge (13-0) easily defeated Alexandre Haggai 6-2, 6-0 to remain undefeated in his inaugural season.
Three of the Pack’s other four singles matches went three sets, however, with Paez grabbing the only win.
State (13-2) swept all three doubles matches to win the doubles point for the 13th time this season.
The win over the Bearcats (5-8) was the first of two matches on the day for the Pack, which was slated to face Campbell at 5 p.m. at the new outdoor arena. The $3 million facility was completed in the fall and features six lighted courts, chairback seating for up to 1,000 spectators and enhanced viewing areas from its roomy concourses.
The twinbill was the Pack’s final doubleheader of the season and the final non-conference matches of the season. State will host No. 5 Duke on Friday at the Dail Outdoor Stadium. Admission is free for all spectators.
NC State 4, Binghamton 3