No. 39 Men's Tennis Beats No. 29 North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. - Sophomore David Chermak dominated Alex Rafiee in straight sets at the No. 6 singles spot to give the No. 39 NC State men's tennis team its first ACC win of the season, a 5-2 victory over No. 29 North Carolina. The last time the Pack beat UNC was in the 2007 NCAA tournament, when NC State blanked the Tarheels to reach the Sweet 16. NC State won the doubles point and then four singles matches to earn the win. The victory improves The Pack to 7-6 (1-0 ACC) on the season, and North Carolina falls to 9-3 (0-1 ACC).
NC State started the contest with a bang, securing the doubles point for an early lead over the Tarheels. Junior Frideric Prandecki and sophomore Rob Lowe stayed on top of Brennan Boyajian and Luke Mojica, and pulled ahead at the end to secure the win, 8-5, at the No. 3 doubles slot. Senior Christian Welte and redshirt freshman Julian Sullivan battled back from a 7-1 deficit, but the No. 22 doubles team of Clay Donato and Taylor Fogleman staved off the Pack duo to tie up the doubles matches with an 8-4 win at No. 1.
The first point of the competition would be up to the No. 2 doubles team of senior Jay Weinacker and freshman Jaime Pulgar, the No. 52 doubles duo in the nation. Andrew Crone and Zach Hunter stayed even with the pair throughout the set, but Weinacker and Pulgar dominated the final two games to win the match, 9-7, at No. 2, and give the Pack an early lead.
Boyajian grabbed North Carolina's first point of the match by defeating Sullivan, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 4. No. 91 Welte fell to No. 50 Fogleman, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2.
No. 75 Weinacker overwhelmed No. 23 Donato in straight sets, with a 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 1. Donato is the first ranked opponent Weinacker has beaten this season. Crone tried to catch up to PUlgar in the second set to send the pair into a third set, but Pulgar stayed ahead of Crone and gave NC State the 3-2 lead with a 6-4, 6-4, win at No. 3.
Chermak won his first set over Rafiee, 6-3, at No. 6, and quickly dominated his second set. With a 5-1 lead in the second, Chermak and Rafiee reached deuce several times in the seventh game, but Chermak came out on top with the 6-1 victory, securing the first ACC win of the season for the Pack.
Senior Derek Stephens rounded out the win by defeating Mojica, 7-6(10-8), 7-5, at No. 5.
The Pack will hit the road for five consecutive matches, first taking on ACC foe Duke on March 18 in Durham, N.C., and then traveling to Boston College, Maryland, Clemson, and Georgia Tech over the next month.