Men's Tennis Hosts Three Matches on Saturday, Sunday
Feb. 10, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 51 NC State men’s tennis team will host three matches this weekend at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Complex, beginning with a noon match on Saturday against No. 48 South Carolina.
The Wolfpack (7-1) will then face William & Mary at 10 a.m. on Sunday, followed by a 4 p.m. match against UNC Greensboro.
Head coach Jon Choboy’s team moved up seven spots in the most recent Campbell’s ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings after winning a pair of matches last weekend, including a 4-3 victory over No. 45 Cornell. It was the Pack’s second consecutive victory over a team ranked in the top 75.
The Wolfpack is led by senior Jaime Pulgar, a two-time All-ACC selection who has posted a 6-1 record at No. 1 singles and is 6-0 in doubles action with three different partners.
South Carolina is off to a strong 7-0 start, its best since 2007. The Gamecocks have won all five home matches they have played, but have also won a pair of road matches over ranked teams from the ACC. South Carolina scored a 5-2 win over No. 22 Georgia Tech in Atlanta and a 4-3 win over No. 42 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.
This will be the third consecutive road match the Gamecocks have played against a ranked opponent, with one more to follow next weekend at No. 46 UNC Wilmington. The Wolfpack beat South Carolina 7-0 last season.
“South Carolina is playing really well right now,” Choboy said. “Any time you can go on the road like they have and beat ranked ACC teams, it’s a great accomplishment. We expect it to be a strong challenge.”
William & Mary visits the Isenhour Tennis Center with a 6-5 overall record. The Tribe is also in the middle of a grueling road swing against ranked opponents, opening with a 7-0 loss at No. 29 Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Thursday, followed by a match at No. 4 Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Saturday and a visit to Raleigh on Sunday.
UNC Greensboro brings a 2-2 overall record into Sunday afternoon’s match. After losing its first two matches on the road, the Spartans scored a pair of 5-2 home victories over Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville, two teams the Wolfpack also beat at home earlier this season, both by a 7-0 margin.
NC State Celebrates USTA Campus Kids Day
Saturday is designated as USTA Campus Kids Day, including free pizza, prize giveaways and a kids tennis clinic following the match. Domino’s will be on hand to give away pizza prior to the match, while supplies last. In between the doubles and singles matches, fans can compete for prizes. There will also be a grand prize drawing for two tennis racquets and a net, provided by the Raleigh Tennis Association.
There are a limited number of spots remaining for the kids clinic. To register, email Jeffrey Gonza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freshmen Remain Undefeated
Mudge won a pair of matches last weekend, winning at No. 3 against Cornell and his first match at No. 2 against Charlotte, to improve to 6-0 on the season. Both Powell and Bond won their only singles matches, to improve to 4-0 and 3-0.
The trio has also paired with upperclassmen to win seven of the eight doubles matches they have played.
Prior to its arrival in the fall, the talented trio was rated the nation’s No. 13 incoming freshman class by TennisRecruiting.net.