Men's Tennis Grabs First Win Over WF Since 1999
April 10, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The No. 42 NC State men's tennis team scored its first win over Wake Forest since 1999 with a 5-2 victory on Tuesday at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.
Using a revamped lineup for all three doubles positions, the Wolfpack (17-8 overall, 3-6 ACC) won the match's first point by winning at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles to take an early lead in the contest. Senior Dominic Hodgson and Julian Sullivan played together for the first time since going 1-2 the fall to beat Danny Kreyman and Adam Lee by a score of 8-4.
Dave Thomson and Sean Weber also partnered for the first time since the fall in the No. 3 match to take a 9-8 (7-3) victory to secure the doubles point. The Wolfpack is 17-0 this season when winning the doubles point.
"We wanted to try something else today, to mix things up a little bit and maybe add a spark to the team," said head coach Jon Choboy, whose team has compiled its most wins since 2007. "We had used Dom and Sully together in the past and it worked out well for us today.
"We're pretty pumped about the win."
Senior Jaime Pulgar, a two-time All-ACC selection who is ranked No. 61 nationally in the most recent ITA Collegiate Rankings, won a pair of tight sets against Kreyman at No. 1 singles. Pulgar led in both and fought off Kreyman's comeback attempts to clinch the match, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), and to secure his career-high 18th win of the season.
Junior Dave Thomson, out much of the fall and spring because of a shoulder injury, lost his first set at No. 6 singles in the windy conditions, but stormed back to for 6-0, 6-0 wins in the final two sets to beat Wake's Alex Tsai. Freshman Robbie Mudge won in straight sets over Sam Wells to improve his season record to 17-6.
Hodgson rounded out the match with a 10-7 victory in a shortened third-set against David Hopkins. With the win, Hodgson matched his victory total of 15 from last season.
"It was a good win for us to bounce back after [Sunday's 4-3] loss to Maryland," Choboy said. "I told the team afterwards that I was disappointed for them losing that match, but not in them. We saw some positive signs in that match that we thought we could build on.
"And those positives came through in the match today. We're pretty excited to get this win."
The Wolfpack will complete the regular season by hosting two matches this weekend at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium. On Friday at 3 p.m., the Pack will host Georgia Tech. On Sunday at noon, the Pack will host Clemson in the regular-season finale. Admission is free for all spectators.
No. 42 NC State 5, Wake Forest 2