No. 49 Men's Tennis Defeats No. 38 Penn State, 5-2
RALEIGH, N.C. - Senior Christian Welte battled his way through a close doubles match with redshirt freshman Julian Sullivan and a close singles match to help the No. 49 NC State men's tennis team defeat No. 38 Penn State, 5-2, on Sunday, Jan. 18, in Raleigh, N.C. at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. The Pack won two of three doubles matches to secure an early lead, and four of NC State's players defeated their opponents to give the Pack a 2-0 start on the season. The Nittany Lions fall to 0-1.
NC State split the first two doubles matches, with the early lead decided by a tie-break in the third match. Junior Frideric Prandecki and freshman Justin Jendruch fell to Brendan Lynch and Guillaume St-Maurice, 8-3, at No. 3. Senior Jay Weinacker and freshman Jaime Pulgar took down Eddie Bourchier and Ryan Gormley, 8-3, at No. 2, to leave it up to the No. 1 doubles team to decide who took the point.
Welte and Sullivan fought back from a 5-2 deficit to an 8-8 tie, leading to a tie break. The Pack duo dominated the points and won the tie break 7-3 at No. 1, and gave NC State the 1-0 lead.
No. 56 Weinacker grabbed the first singles win of the afternoon, defeating Slagter, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 1, and Pulgar follwed with a 6-2, 6-4, win over Lee at No. 4. Gormley won Penn State's first point with a win over senior Derek Stephens, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 3.
After winning the first set, but falling in the second, 6-4, 1-6, No. 125 Welte entered a third set against Lynch. Welte pulled ahead and won 6-3 at No. 2, to secure the Pack's first victory over a ranked opponent this season.
St-Maurice defeated Sullivan, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 5, and sophomore David Chermak took down 6-4, 7-6(4), at No. 6.
The Pack will next face Louisville at home on Friday, Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m.
No. 49 NC State d. No. 38 Penn State, 5-2