Weinacker Blasts to Round of 16, Earns All-American Honors
COLLEGE STATION, Texas Senior Jay Weinacker became the first NC State men’s tennis player to advance to the round of 16 at the NCAA Individual Singles Championship since Roberto Bracone reached the round in 1999. Weinacker also earns All-American honors, becoming the first Pack player to do so since Bracone. Weinacker defeated No. 54 Diego Cubas of South Carolina, 7-6 (1), 6-4, in the round of 32 on Thursday, May 21, to advance. He will face the winner of the match between Steven Moneke (Ohio State) and Enrique Olivares (East Tennessee State), on Friday, May 22 in College Station, Texas.
Weinacker started the first set at a 3-1 deficit, but bounced back and won four of the next five games to take the 5-4 lead. After Cubas tied up the games, Weinacker retook the lead in a game that went to 40-all and multiple points were played until Jay earned the advantage and turned it into a win for the game. Cubas won the next game, sending the set into a tie-break. Weinacker dominated the tiebreak, 7-1, to win the first set 7-6.
In the second set, the two opponents traded games back and forth. Weinacker was able to pull ahead and win the final three games for a final set score of 6-4, and earn a spot in the round of 16.
Live stats and results can be found on the 2009 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships Central page.