Men's Tennis Ousts No. 24 Auburn, 4-1, in NCAA Championships
May 10, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - The NC State men's tennis team defeated the 24th-ranked Auburn Tigers, 4-1, in the first round of the NCAA Championships Friday afternoon at the Headington Family Tennis Center. With the win, the Wolfpack advances to the second round and will face Oklahoma at 3 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, May 11.
"It was a good match, we had to come from behind at No. 2 doubles and then we lost five of the first sets in singles play so we had to really battle back," said head coach Jon Choboy. "We talked about that before this tournament and how we needed to dig down and be able to come back whenever our opponent strikes first and on four of the five courts today we were able to make a comeback."
The Wolfpack (14-10) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the match after winning the doubles point for the 12th time this season. Sophomore Robbie Mudge and freshman Simon Norenius cruised to an 8-2 victory at No. 3 doubles over Auburn's (13-11) Lukas Ollert and Joseph Van Dooren. At No. 2 doubles, sophomores Beck Bond and Austin Powell claimed an upset win over 51st-ranked Dennis Lengsfeld and Lucas Lopasso, 8-6, to clinch the doubles point.
State's 18th-ranked duo of Dave Thomson and Sean Weber were tied, 7-7, with Auburn's sixth-ranked combo of Andreas Mies and Dan Cochrane when the doubles point was clinched and the match went unfinished.
Weber pushed the Pack's lead to 2-0 in the overall match with a quick win at No. 6 singles. The junior from Raleigh, N.C., defeated Michael Wardell in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. The Tigers cut the deficit in half when Lopasso defeated Thomas Weigel, 6-3, 6-1.
The Wolfpack responded to the Tigers' victory at No. 5 singles by winning the next two matches at the three and four spots in the lineup to clinch the match.
Bond struggled in the first set of his match against 118th-ranked Ollert and lost, 6-0, but rallied to win the second set, 6-3. In the third and final frame, Bond emerged victorious with a 6-4 victory. The win gave NC State a commanding 3-1 lead in the overall match.
"We altered the way Beck was playing him after the first set," said Choboy. "We got away from our original game plan and started taking away some of the angles and playing the net more, which made a huge difference. Beck did a really good job of competing and was able to turn it around for us."
Shortly after Bond's match concluded, Thomson sealed the win for the Pack with a victory at the No. 3 spot in the lineup against Lengsfeld. The senior dropped a hard-fought first set, 7-6 (3), but rebounded in the second set to win, 6-2. In the decisive third set, Thomson dominated to win, 6-0.
"I'm going to give Dave a game ball for the way he played today," said Choboy. "It's tough to lose the first set, 7-6, but to his credit he stuck with his game plan and continued what he was doing."
Tennis Match Results
#39 NC State 4, #24 Auburn 1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,5,4,3)