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    Pack Posts Strong Start at USTA/ITA Regionals

    Sophomore Thomas Weigel
    Sophomore Thomas Weigel

    Oct. 17, 2013

    Singles Main Draw  l  Singles Consolation Draw  l  Doubles Draw

    CARY, N.C. – Five representatives of the NC State men’s tennis team advanced to the singles round of 32 on Thursday, as play opened at the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional Championships at Cary Tennis Park. Overall, the Wolfpack recorded 12 victories on the day.

    “I think there were a lot of good things that happened today,” said head coach Jon Choboy. “We won a couple of three setters and have five guys still in the main draw, which is good. I thought we were pretty competitive all the way around.”

    Coming off an impressive showing at the ITA All-Americans two weeks ago, junior Austin Powell captured two straight set victories on Thursday. In the first round, the Muscle Shoals, Ala., native defeated Campbell’s Rik van Gerwen, 6-3, 6-0, while the junior cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Gardner-Webb’s Nikita Zverkov in the second-round of action.

    Sophomores Thomas Weigel and Simon Norenius each picked up two wins in Thursday’s action. After defeating Campbell’s Jean-Marc Krone, 6-2, 6-3, in the opening round, Norenius outlasted Clemson’s Dominique Maden in three sets, 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-2, in the second round of play. Weigel picked up his first victory of the day in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, against Sam Williams of UNC Wilmington, before earning a hard fought win against Sam Bloom of Wake Forest, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, to punch his ticket into the round of 32.



    As the tournament’s 15th-seed, junior Robbie Mudge outlasted Winthrop’s Ramon Simonetti, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3, in his morning match, before picking up a straight set win against Daniel Strawn of Clemson, 6-2, 6-1. Junior Beck Bond also advanced to the round of 32 after earning two straight-set victories. Bond, a native of Meriden, Conn., overwhelmed Winthrop’s Corey Decandia, 6-2, 6-1, before picking up the win against Garik Yedigarian of Coastal Carolina, 7-5, 6-1.     

    Senior Sean Weber and freshman Nick Horton also picked up a victory in the consolation round.

    Play will continue Friday at Cary Tennis Park with two rounds of doubles and one round of singles scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

    Thursday’s Results:
    First Round:
    Simon Norenius (NCSU) def. Jean-Marc Krone (Campbell), 6-2, 6-3
    Beck Bond (NCSU) def. Corey Decandia (Winthrop), 6-2, 6-1
    Robbie Mudge (NCSU) def. Ramon Simonetti (Upstate), 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
    Thomas Weigel (NCSU) def. Sam Williams (UNCW), 6-3, 6-3
    No. 96 Austin Powell (NCSU) def. Rik van Gerwen (Campbell), 6-3, 6-0
    Phillipe Tsangarides (Coastal) def.  Fr. 6 Nick Horton (NCSU), 7-6 (3), 6-2
    Cale Hammond (Duke) def. Ryan Newman (NCSU), 6-3, 6-2
    Brent Lett (Clemson) def. Parker McGuiness (NCSU), 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0
    Jaya Billa (Wake Forest) def. Sean Weber (NCSU), 6-4, 6-2

    Second Round:
    Simon Norenius (NCSU) def. Dominique Maden (Clemson), 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-2
    Beck Bond (NCSU) def. Garik Yedigarian (Coastal), 7-5, 6-1
    Robbie Mudge (NCSU) def. Daniel Strawn (Clemson), 6-2, 6-1
    No. 96 Austin Powell (NCSU) def. Nikita Zverkov (Gardner-Webb), 6-1, 6-2
    Thomas Weigel (NCSU) def. Sam Bloom (Wake Forest), 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

    Consolation Draw:
    Fr. 6 Nick Horton (NCSU) def. Chase Altieri (Winthrop), 6-1, 6-1
    Sean Weber (NCSU) def. Hirokawa (Winthrop), 6-1, 6-1
    Peter Nagovnak (Winthrop) def. Parker McGuiness (NCSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
    Marthinus Visser (Clemson) def. Ryan Newman (NCSU), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5)

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