#44 M. Tennis Heads to Rival #10 North Carolina
The No. 44 NC State men's tennis team (11-8, 4-2 ACC) will ride a four-match conference win streak into a Wednesday afternoon showdown with arch rival No. 10 North Carolina (14-3, 4-0 ACC) in Chapel Hill at 3 pm. NC State lost, 4-3, to North Carolina in Raleigh during the 2007 regular season before defeating the No. 6 Tar Heels, 4-0, in Chapel Hill to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
NC State's four ACC wins have been by a combined score of 26-2 with the two losses by a total of 8-6. The Pack has lost its two ACC matches (against No. 20 Wake Forest and No. 66 Duke) by a 4-3 margin, dropping the doubles point in both with the final margin being decided in the final match in a third set. On the flip side, NC State has lost just one singles match over the last four ACC matches.
James McGee, a sophomore from Dublin, Ireland, is the Wolfpack's leader in singles, posting a 13-4 overall mark, including a 6-0 slate at No. 1 singles in the ACC. McGee, currently ranked No. 64 nationally, has had an outstanding season, with two of his four losses coming to ranked opponents. Both of the ranked foes he lost to came in three-set matches, with one, against current #27 Bruno Rosa of Rice, coming when Rosa was unranked early in the year.
Christian Welte, a junior from Philadelphia, Pa., the team-leader in singles wins, is 14-4, including a 7-3 mark at No. 4 singles, his current spot in the lineup. Welte has posted a 3-2 ACC record.
Jay Weinacker, a junior from Birmingham, Ala., is 4-2 in the ACC and 13-6 overall. He currently ranks third in school history with 80 singles wins.
Senior Nick Cavaday, from Chislehurst, London, England, is 11-5 in singles and 4-1 in the ACC, including a 3-1 record at No. 2 singles, on the year.
Junior Derek Stephens, from Matthews, N.C., is 6-0 in the ACC, including a 5-0 mark at No. 5 in his first season with the Wolfpack after transferring from Tennessee.
Freshman David Chermak, a Raleigh native, is 7-5 in singles, including six wins overall at No. 6, twice as many wins at that spot in the lineup as the rest of the team combined. Chermak is also 4-2 in ACC play in a valuable role with the Pack.
Following this match, NC State will head to the state of Florida against the No. 27 Hurricanes in Miami on Friday and then to Tallahassee for a showdown with No. 9 Florida St. on Sunday.