Men's Tennis Falls Against No. 8 Duke
April 20, 2012
CARY, N.C. – The No. 38 NC State men’s tennis team lost a quick 4-0 decision to No. 8 Duke on Friday in the quarterfinals of the ACC Men’s Tennis Championships at the Cary Tennis Park.
On the adjacent court, senior Jaime Pulgar and freshman Robbie Mudge came back from a 4-2 deficit to take an 8-7 lead in the No. 2 match. But the Blue Devil tandem of Raphael Hemmeler and Torsten Wietoska came back to win five straight games against Thomson and Weber in the No. 3 match and the No. 2 contest was halted.
The Wolfpack lost the first set in all six singles matches to quickly fall behind. Duke won straight-set decisions over No. 35 Pulgar at No. 1, over Mudge at No. 5 and over sophomore Ivan Sanchez Gomez at No. 6 to clinch the victory and advance to Saturday’s ACC semifinals.
“You have to give credit to Duke,” said Wolfpack head coach Jon Choboy. “They came out ready to play. Against them, you have a small margin for error.
“We were close in doubles and forced a lot of long points in singles, but they were really good today.”
The Wolfpack (20-9 overall) will now await NCAA regional championship pairings, which will be announced on Tuesday, May 1. The first round of the NCAA Championships will be played May 11-13 at the home sites of the 64-team field’s top 16 seeds.
“We have some things to work on over the next three weeks,” Choboy said. “We’ll use this time like a mini-training camp to improve our conditioning and work on some weaknesses. It will be good for us.”
Duke 4, NC State 0
ACC Men’s Tennis Championship
April 20, 2012
Cary Tennis Park
at Cary, N.C.