No. 33 Men's Tennis Loses Narrow 4-3 Decision at No. 31 FSU
March 25, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 33 NC State men’s tennis team lost a narrow 4-3 match to No. 31 ranked Florida State on Sunday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The ACC-leading Seminoles (15-4 overall, 6-0 ACC) stormed back to take the doubles point after trailing late in each of the three matches, winning the decisive point when Blake Davis and Jordan Kelly-Houston came back to beat Robbie Mudge and Jaime Pulgar in the No. 2 match.
“We were leading and had break points at both No. 2 and 3 doubles,” Wolfpack head coach Jon Choboy said. “You have to take advantage of those opportunities when you have it.
“In the end, the whole match came down to that doubles point.”
The Seminoles clinched the match with three quick singles victories, with Davis topping Dominic Hodgson 6-3, 6-1, at No. 2. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez beat senior Julian Sullivan in three sets at No. 4. And Benjamin Lock dispensed freshman Beck Bond, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 6.
Pulgar, ranked No. 66 in the nation, came back after losing his first set to take a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 1 to improve his overall record to 15-2 and his ACC record to 3-1 on the season.
Freshman Robbie Mudge broke his three-match losing streak by winning a tiebreaker in his first set and taking a 6-2 win in the second set over previously unbeaten Andres Bucaro.
Freshman Austin Powell also won a tiebreaker in his first set, but lost his second set. He clinched the Pack’s final point by taking the third set win.
NC State (15-5, 1-3) picked up its first win in the league on Friday at Miami.
The Wolfpack concludes its five-match road trip next weekend when it travels to Blacksburg, Va., to face Virginia Tech and Charlottesville, Va., on Sunday to face No. 3 Virginia.
The Pack returns to the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Complex to face Boston College on April 6 and Maryland on April 7.
No. 31 Florida State 4, No. 33 NC State 3