Men's Tennis Shuts Out Wisconsin, 7-0
March 26, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s tennis team collected its second 7-0 victory of the season Tuesday afternoon against the Wisconsin Badgers at Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium. The Wolfpack’s first shutout of the year came at William & Mary, Feb. 15.
“The guys did a really good job to claim the win today,” said head coach Jon Choboy. “Our guys are mentally tough and we’ve played a lot of good teams this year, so they met the challenges that Wisconsin presented today pretty well.”
For the sixth-consecutive match, the Pack (10-6) claimed the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead into singles play. Senior Dave Thomson and junior Sean Weber collected the first win of the day in doubles play, defeating Wisconsin’s (10-5) Billy Bertha and Alex Kostanov, 8-5, at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Sophomore Robbie Mudge along with freshman Thomas Weigel followed suit with another victory for State to clinch the doubles point. The Wolfpack duo defeated Alexander Kokorev and Petr Satral, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles.
“We’ve won a couple matches this year without the doubles point and lost a few with it, but I would much rather have it,” Choboy added. “The guys work real hard at it and we spend a lot of time on it in practice.”
In singles play, Thomson collected the first of four straight-set wins for the Pack at the No. 4 spot in the lineup. Thomson won the first set, 6-2, before claiming the second set against Oskar Wikberg, 6-3. The win pushed NC State’s lead to 2-0 in the overall match. Senior Rafael Paez, making his debut in the dual singles lineup, notched the second-straight set win for the Pack with a 7-6 (2), 6-1 win over Kokorev.
Beck Bond and Mudge earned the next two singles victories to extend the team’s lead to 5-0. Bond, playing at the No. 5 spot for the first time this season, collected his 10th win of the year against Johnnie Jalalov, 6-4, 6-2. Mudge defeated Bertha, 6-4, 7-5, at the No. 1 spot in the lineup.
The final two matches of the day were decided in three sets. Powell dropped the first set of his match at No. 2 singles against Satral, 6-4, but countered with a 6-1 second-set win. In the third and final set, the Wolfpack sophomore earned a 6-2 victory. Powell has now won six-consecutive matches and is 8-2 in his last 10 contests.
Weigel also dropped the first set of his match at the No. 4 spot in the lineup against Kostanov, 7-6 (3), but rebounded with a hard-fought, 7-5 second-set victory. With the overall match already decided, Weigel won the third-set tie-breaker, 10-8.
NC State will return to action Friday, March 29, when it hosts Florida State at 2:30 p.m., at the Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium.
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