Men's Tennis Wins Fifth-Straight; Tops Miami, 5-2
March 31, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s tennis team won its fifth-consecutive match Sunday afternoon against the Miami Hurricanes, 5-2, at the Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium. The Wolfpack won the doubles point before adding to its total with four wins in singles play.
“The guys battled today,” said head coach Jon Choboy. “Miami put up a really good fight and got a couple of straight-set wins to take the lead in the match before we were able to pick up our first singles win.”
For the eighth consecutive match, NC State (12-6, 5-1 ACC) won two of three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. The Pack’s 16th-ranked duo of Dave Thomson and Sean Weber claimed the first victory in doubles play as they eased past Miami’s (12-8, 1-4 ACC) No. 66 Omar Aly and Wilfredo Gonzalez, 8-2.
The Wolfpack tandem opened the match by winning the first seven games before Miami was able to break serve and win its first game. Thomson and Weber capitalized when it was their turn to serve again, ending the match with the eighth point.
Miami answered with a win at the No. 2 spot in the lineup. Robbie Mudge and Thomas Weigel came up short against Gabriel Flores and Diego Soto, 8-5, to even the doubles wins at one apiece. Beck Bond and Austin Powell clinched the doubles point for the Pack with an 8-4 win over Marco Stancati and Henrique Tsukamoto at No. 3 doubles.
The Hurricanes struck first in singles play as Stancati defeated Weigel, 6-1, 6-2. Miami added to its total with a win at the No. 3 spot in the lineup to take the lead in overall match, 2-1. Gonzalez outlasted Thomson in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
The Wolfpack responded by winning the remaining four singles matches. Mudge collected the first win for the Pack as he defeated Flores in straight sets, 7-6 (4), 6-1, to tie the score in the match, 2-2.
“The guys handled getting down in the match, 2-1, very well and I give them credit for showing a lot of composure,” said Choboy. “They’re starting to see the benefits of staying composed and playing the type of game that we’ve been working on.”
Within minutes State took the lead and sealed the win as Powell and Bond collected victories in their matches. Powell dropped the first set to Soto, 6-1, but rebounded with a 6-1 second-set win of his own. In the third and final frame, the sophomore earned a 6-3 victory to claim the win for the Wolfpack at the top-spot in the lineup. Powell has now won eight consecutive matches.
“I knew I had to stay out there and grind out the win for the team,” said Powell. “I was able to play a really good second set and get some momentum going into the third set where I continued to play well.”
Bond, playing at the No. 6 spot in the lineup, trailed early in the first set and was down 5-3 at one point, but fought back to tie the score at five. Bond won the next game to make the score, 6-5, before Miami’s William Albanese tied it at 6. The Wolfpack sophomore emerged victorious in the tiebreaker, 7-5, to win the first set, 7-6 (5). Bond then proceeded to win the second set, 6-4, to win his match and secure the victory for the Pack.
Weber added to NC State’s total with a win at the No. 5 spot in the lineup to make the final score, 5-2. The junior from Raleigh dominated the first set, 6-1, but fell in the second set to Miami’s Victor Mauz, 6-4. Weber and Mauz traded games throughout the third set forcing a tiebreaker. Weber jumped out to an early, 3-0 lead en route to winning the tie breaker, 7-2, to win the third set, 7-6 (2).
NC State will return to action Friday, April 5, when it hosts Virginia Tech at 4 p.m.
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