No. 39 Men's Tennis Faces Washington in NCAA Championships
May 10, 2012
NCAA Championships | Malibu (Calif.) Regional
Saturday, May 12
MALIBU, Calif. – In the first meeting between these transcontinental opponents, No. 39 NC State will face No. 26 Washington in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Pepperdine’s Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.
The Wolfpack, one of six ACC teams in the field of 64 participants, is making its fifth overall appearance in the NCAA field and its third under 10th-year coach Jon Choboy. Overall, the Pack is 3-5 in NCAA Championship matches. Under Choboy, the Pack owns a 3-2 NCAA record.
The coach led his 2007 team to the Elite Eight, thanks to a trio of wins over No. 43 William & Mary, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 11 Texas before falling the quarterfinals to No. 4 Baylor.
Choboy’s current team is one of the most successful in school history. Its 20 wins is the second most ever posted by the Pack, tied with the 2006 team that went 20-11. It’s only three behind the school record set by the 2007 team that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.
This year’s team has also posted a school-record-tying 10 shutouts. The 2006 Wolfpack team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament also posted 10 shutout victories.
The winner of Friday’s first match will face the winner of Friday’s second contest, between host and seventh-ranked Pepperdine and unranked Green Bay, which is making its first ever NCAA Championship appearance. That match is slated to begin at 5 p.m.
NC State also has never faced either of those teams in a dual match.
Pepperdine is making its 35th NCAA appearance. It owns a 51-33 record in the NCAAs, which includes its run to the 2006 NCAA championship. This is the seventh time the Waves have hosted an NCAA regional. It has a 10-2 NCAA record when playing at home.
Green Bay is making its first ever NCAA appearance after winning the Horizon League championship for the first time in school history.
Saturday’s second-round match is slated to begin at 3 p.m. (EDT).
NC State’s 4-0 victory over Boston College in the ACC Championships on April 19 gave the Pack 20 wins for just the third time in school history. Choboy’s team is now tied with his 2006 team that posted a 20-11 overall record and is three behind Choboy’s 23-10 team that posted a school record for wins.
The Pack is led by three-time All-ACC selection Jaime Pulgar, a senior lefthander from Madrid, Spain. Pulgar is 20-5 this season and has been selected to participate in the 64-player singles draw of the NCAA Championships, which will begin after the team championship is determined on May 22 in Athens, Ga.
Only three other players – Jay Weinacker, Mark Dillon and John Sadri – have ever posted more singles wins in a season for the Wolfpack. He also posted a 7-4 record against the other players he faced on the 18-member All-ACC team.
After splitting his two matches at the ACC Championships, freshman Robbie Mudge of Winston-Salem, N.C., has moved into a tie for second place for the most wins by an NC State freshman. Mudge (20-7) is now tied with Carl Baumgardner and John Joyce with 20 wins in his initial season.