No. 33 Men's Tennis Edges Miami, 4-3
March 23, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – NC State’s No. 33 men’s tennis team picked up its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season on Friday afternoon, edging No. 54 Miami 4-3 at Neil Schiff Stadium.
The Wolfpack (15-4 overall, 1-2 ACC) jumped out to an early lead by winning two of three doubles matches for the first point against the Hurricanes (6-5, 0-4). No. 66 Jaime Pulgar and Dominic Hodgson, playing at the top of the lineup, cruised to straight-set victories in singles and teamed with their partners to win their doubles’ contests.
The Pack clinched the victory when freshman Austin Powell finished off his match at No. 4 singles.
“We played pretty solidly,” said head coach Jon Choboy. “Getting off to a good start in doubles was big for us, because it gave us some momentum. We put four points on the board pretty quickly. That really helps you out.”
The Wolfpack is 15-0 this season when winning the doubles point.
Pulgar, the senior lefthander from Madrid, Spain, was sharp in his 6-0, 6-4 victory over Miami’s Gabriel Flores at No. 1 singles, improving his record to 14-2 overall and 2-1 in ACC play.
Hodgson also continued his strong play of the last two weeks, taking a 6-3, 6-4 decision over the Hurricanes’ Omar Aly.
“Dominic has been playing very well lately,” Choboy said. “He has a lot of tools he can work with in his game and he’s been using them all. His whole game is very good right now.”
Powell won a hard-fought 7-5 decision in his first set, the finished off Henrique Tsukamoto 6-2 in the second set.
The Wolfpack returns to action on Sunday at noon when it faces Florida State, which is in first place in the ACC and ranked No. 31 in the nation, in a match in Tallahassee.
No. 33 NC State 4, No. 54 Miami 3