Pack Men's Tennis Completes Doubleheader Sweep
March 10, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – The bottom half of the No. 21 NC State men’s tennis team swept its singles matches Saturday night against Campbell, then waited for the upper half to complete the 6-1 victory, in the first night match ever played at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium.
With junior Dave Thomson returning for his first match since September, the Wolfpack’s deep lineup got a little deeper, just in time for the start of the ACC season. Thomson, who has been out since September with shoulder troubles, won both his No. 3 doubles match with freshman Austin Powell and his No. 6 singles match against Ondreg Kralik, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2).
“It was great to have him back out on the courts,” head coach Jon Choboy said. “I think he can help us. It’s tough for someone who hasn’t played since September to come back at this point in the season, but we’ll see how much he will be able to contribute.”
The win completed the day-night doubleheader sweep for the Wolfpack (14-2), which beat Binghamton 4-3 earlier on Saturday in the men’s first match at the new outdoor stadium.
After the Wolfpack swept all three matches to win the doubles point for the 13th time this season, senior Julian Sullivan rolled over Campbell’s Josep Baro, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4 singles. Thomson then checked in with his win, and sophomore Ivan Sanchez Gomez won by injury default at No. 5 over Steven Billington.
Those wins clinched the Wolfpack’s 13th consecutive home victory, dating back to last year’s match at Pullen Park against Virginia Tech. The Pack then won 10 in a row on the Andy Andrews Indoor courts before moving outdoors for Saturday’s doubleheader.
While freshman Robbie Mudge (13-0) remained undefeated with a straight-set win at No. 3, Powell (10-1) lost his first match of season with a three-set setback to Campbell's Fernando Guillen at No. 2.
No. 86 Jaime Pulgar (12-1) won his eighth consecutive match since suffering his sole loss of the season to Eric Quimby of No. 7 Kentucky.
Playing under the lights for the first time was certainly different for Choboy’s team, but it now has some experience with night tennis heading into the ACC season. The match against the Camels was State’s final nonconference contest of the season.
The Wolfpack hosts No. 5 Duke on Friday at 4 p.m. at the Dail Outdoor Stadium. Admission is free for all spectators.
NC State 6, Campbell 1