Men's Tennis Sweeps Boston College, 7-0
April 6, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 36 NC State men’s tennis team returned home after five consecutive road matches and put a halt to its three-match losing streak with a dominating 7-0 victory over unranked Boston College at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.
After winning the doubles point, the Wolfpack’s bottom four singles players won in straight sets to clinch the victory and its ninth shutout of the season. State (16-7 overall, 2-5 ACC) will have a quick turnaround to play Maryland at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Dail Stadium.
“We started slowly in a couple of the singles matches before we really got it going,” Wolfpack head coach Jon Choboy said. “Some of that had to do with Boston College playing well, but we also turned things around pretty quickly and got some momentum.”
After losing the No. 6 singles match in its last four contests, Choboy inserted Dave Thomson into the lineup in that spot for just his second singles match of the season. Thomson, who missed most of the fall tournament season and all of the Pack’s indoor action with a shoulder injury, raced to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Boston College freshman Matt Wagner. Thomson is now 2-0 on the season.
“That spot has been an issue for us here lately,” Choboy said. “Dave came in and did a good job to win that match and he did it very quickly. He was the first one done in the match.”
Senior Julian Sullivan also had a quick match at No. 3 singles, as he beat Eagle freshman Phil Nelson 6-1, 6-4, to give the Wolfpack a 3-0 advantage over the Eagles (5-12, 1-8).
The Wolfpack clinched the match a victory by freshman Robbie Mudge, who improved to 16-5 on the season with a 6-3,6-3 win over sophomore Jonathan Raude.
Freshman Austin Powell became the third Wolfpack player to reach 15 wins on the season, as he took a 7-5, 6-1 win over junior Klaus Puestow.
Senior Jaime Pulgar, ranked No. 35 nationally, ended his two-match losing streak, even though he lost his first set, 2-6, against Boston College senior Akash Muppidi. Pulgar won the second set by the same score, then came back to win the shortened third set by a score of 10-6.
“He really got it going after the first set,” Choboy said. “I think if he had played a full third set, he would have won pretty handily. It took him about six games to get started, but he finished up awfully strong.”
Senior Dominic Hodgson also won his match in three after losing the second set.
The Wolfpack took the top two doubles matches to win the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead. The Wolfpack is now 16-0 this season when winning the doubles point and 0-7 when losing it.
The combo of Pulgar and Mudge dominated the No. 2 doubles match, with a 8-1 victory over Jonathan Raude and Michael McGinnis to improve to 13-3 together.
Saturday’s match against the Terrapins is the Pack’s second of five matches in a 10-day span. The Pack will play again on Wednesday at Wake Forest, then conclude the regular season next weekend against Georgia Tech on Friday and Clemson on Sunday.
Young fans can participate in an Easter egg hunt between the doubles and singles matches of Saturday’s contest to win various prizes, including a free week at NC State Tennis Camp.
NC State 7, Boston College 0
NC State: 16-7 overall, 2-5 ACC. Boston College: 5-12, 1-8.