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    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.

    Duke won the doubles point with a furious comeback in the No. 3 match, staving off three match points while down 7-4 against the Wolfpack duo Dave Thomson and Sean Weber.

    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.

    1.  No. 4 Henrique Cunha (Duke) def. No. 35 Jaime Pulgar (NC State), 6-2, 6-2.
    2. Dominic Hodgson (NC State) vs. No. 36 Chris Mengel (Duke), 3-6, 1-3, DNF.
    3. Julian Sullivan (NC State) vs. No. 115 Torsten Wietoska (Duke), 2-6, 1-3, DNF.
    4. Austin Powell (NC State) vs. Fred Saba (Duke), 2-6, 4-3, DNF.
    5. Raphael Hemmeler (Duke) def. Robbie Mudge (NC State), 6-1, 6-1.
    6. Jason Tahir (Duke) def. Ivan Sanchez Gomez (NC State), 6-1, 6-0.
    Order of finish: 5, 6, 1*.

    1. No. 15 Henrique Cunha/Chris Mengel (Duke) def. Dominic Hodgson/Julian Sullivan (NC State), 8-6.
    2. Robbie Mudge/Jaime Pulgar (NC State) vs. Fred Saba/David Holland (Duke), 8-6 DNF.
    3. Raphael Hemmeler/Torsten Wietoska (Duke) def. Dave Thomson/Sean Weber (NC State), 9-7.
    Order of finish: 1, 3*.

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