Pack Falls to 10th-seeded Georgia in NCAA Championships Round of 32
May 11, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 26 NC State men’s tennis team fought hard in its match against 10th overall seed Georgia, but ultimately was defeated, 4-1, Sunday afternoon in the round of 32 of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships.
In a season that saw the Wolfpack advance to the tournament for third straight season and win a match in the tournament for the second straight year, both firsts for the program, the squad concludes its dual season with an 18-10 record.
The Wolfpack dropped the doubles point for just the eighth time this season, as Georgia claimed wins at the No. 1 and 3 positions.
At the No. 3 spot in the lineup, the tandem of Austin Powell and Simon Norenius were defeated by Georgia’s pair of Garrett Brasseaux and Nick Wood, 8-2, while Robbie Mudge and Ian Dempster fell to UGA’s eighth-ranked pair of Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters, 8-5, at the top spot in the lineup.
In singles, Thomas Weigel was the first player off the courts at the No. 6 position, as he tied the team score at 1-1 with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Diaz. The win for Weigel is his second straight and 19th of the season.
Georgia regained the lead, 2-1, as Horton fell to Wagland on court three, 6-3, 6-3. At the No. 2 position, Powell dropped his match against Brasseaux, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Mudge and Smith played a back-and-forth match at the No. 1 position that was decided in a third set. In the first set, Smith was able to break early and never looked back to win the set, 6-4. However, Mudge would break Smith’s serve in the first game of the second set and forced a third frame by winning the second, 6-1. Smith would take the third to clinch the match for Georgia, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
At the No. 4 position, Norenius was in a decisive third set before his match against Wood was left unfinished, 6-3, 3-6, 2-3. Weber was also in the third set of his match against Brasseaux, 3-6, 6-2, 3-3, before it was left unfinished.
Powell will return to Athens for the NCAA Singles Championships, while Mudge and Dempster will compete in the NCAA Doubles Championships. The NCAA Individual Championships are set to be played May 21-26.
Georgia 4, NC State 1