Men's Tennis Falls, 5-2, at No. 32 North Carolina
March 18, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 66 Jaime Pulgar won his No. 1 singles match against North Carolina’s No. 34 Jose Hernandez on Sunday afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, but it wasn’t enough for NC State to overtake North Carolina in its second Atlantic Coast Conference match of the season.
The No. 32 Tar Heels (6-4 overall, 3-0 ACC) won the 5-2 decision by winning the doubles point and the middle four singles matches over the No. 28 Wolfpack (14-4, 0-2).
Pulgar won his first set with a 7-5 tiebreaker, then cruised to a 6-3 decision in the second set to improve his overall record to 13-2 and his ACC record to 1-1.
Wolfpack senior Julian Sullivan won a 7-5, 6-3 decision over North Carolina’s Oystein Steiro at No. 6 for the Wolfpack (14-4, 0-2). Sullivan is 10-2 on the season.
“It was disappointing,” said Wolfpack head coach Jon Choboy after his team’s second straight defeat to a ranked opponent. “Sometimes, I think we get a little too anxious and over-excited. We have to find the right balance of being intense and playing under control.”
Senior Dominic Hodgson lost a third-set tiebreaker to UNC’s No. 90 Brennan Boyajian by a 10-6 margin, after winning an 8-6 tiebreaker in the first set, then falling 6-1 in the second set.
Pulgar and Mudge combined to win at No. 3 doubles, but the Tar Heels secured the overall doubles point by winning at Nos. 1 and 2.
Choboy’s team heads to Florida for a pair of ACC matches next weekend, visiting Miami at 2 p.m. Friday and Florida State at noon on Sunday.
No. 32 North Carolina 5, No. 28 NC State 2