Pack Advances Past Georgia Tech, 4-0, to Open ACC Championships
April 24, 2014
CARY, N.C. – The No. 26 NC State men’s tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 ACC Men’s Tennis Championships with a 4-0 victory against 11th-seeded Georgia Tech Thursday afternoon at Cary Tennis Park. With the win, the Wolfpack improves to 17-8 on the season.
“Today was a hard-fought match,” said head coach Jon Choboy. “I knew it was going to be a tough match, but I am pleased with the victory.”
The Pack opened the match by winning the doubles point for the 19th time this season.
At the top position of the lineup, the team of Robbie Mudge and Ian Dempster was able to break serve to take an early 2-1 lead in their match against Carlos Benito and Eduardo Segura. The two teams would each hold serve until Mudge and Dempster once again broke to take a 7-4 advantage before ultimately winning the match, 8-6. Mudge and Dempster now sit second all-time in victories by a doubles pair in a dual season with 19.
The win for Mudge and Dempster also clinched the doubles point, as the tandem of Austin Powell and Simon Norenius won by default at the No. 3 position. At the No. 2 position, the team of Sean Weber and Nick Horton trailed Georgia Tech’s Cole Fiegel and Nathan Rackitt, 6-7, before the match was left unfinished.
The Pack took a 2-0 lead into the singles portion of the match, as Dempster won by default at the No. 6 position.
Meanwhile, Mudge extended the Wolfpack advantage to 3-0 with a straight-set, 7-5, 6-3, victory at the top position of the lineup against Rackitt of Georgia Tech. The win from Mudge is his 23rd of the campaign.
At the No. 3 position, Horton and Segura traded breaks the first three games of the match with Segura taking the early 2-1 advantage. The two players were each able to hold serve until Horton was able to get the match back on serve with a break at 4-3. Horton would go on to win three of the next five games to take the set, 7-5. The Sydney, Australia native continued his strong play in the second-set, as he clinched the team victory with a 7-5, 6-3 win. The win for Horton is his 20th of the season, as he becomes the fourth Wolfpacker to earn 20 or more victories in singles.
“It was great to get a victory today,” Horton said. “I try to keep the same mentality in each match I play. I am very pleased with the way I played today.”
At the No. 2 position, Powell was headed to a decisive third set against Benito before his match was left unfinished, 6-2, 3-6. Norenius won the first game of the third set at the No. 4 spot in the order against Fiegel before his match was left unfinished, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0. At the No. 5 position, Weber was serving for the match against before his match was abandoned at 7-5, 5-3.
The Pack will return to action at the 2014 ACC Men’s Tennis Championships Friday afternoon against third-seeded North Carolina. The match is slated for a 3 p.m. first serve at Cary Tennis Park.
#26 NC State 4, #74 Georgia Tech 0