May 29, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State men's tennis teams logged one of its most successful seasons in the history of the program, closing the 2013-14 season with an 18-10 ledger and advancing to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Team Championships for the second straight year and the third time in the program's history.
PACK ADVANCES TO SECOND ROUND OF NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
NC State was selected to the NCAA Championships field for the seventh time in the program's history, receiving the No. 2 seed in the Athens Regional. The bid into the field of 64 teams marked the first time in the history of the program the squad played in the NCAA Championships three seasons in a row, dating back to 2012. With its first round victory against No. 44 Oregon, the Pack also recorded victories in the tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history.
The Wolfpack finished the season ranked 26th in the nation in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings of the season. The No. 26 ranking is the second highest end of year ranking in program history. This season also marks the 10th consecutive campaign that the program has been listed in the final ITA rankings.
Austin Powell and Robbie Mudge were each selected to the second-team All-ACC squad, as voted on by the conference coaches. With the selection of Powell and Mudge, NC State has had eight players to be named All-ACC in two or more seasons and 26 total All-ACC members.
PACK SENDS THREE TO NCAA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
DOMINANCE IN DOUBLES
Three members of the Wolfpack represented the squad May 21-26 in Athens, Ga., for the NCAA Individual Championships. Mudge and Ian Dempster advanced to the Round of 16 in the doubles portion of the tournament before dropping a hard-fought match to Cal's Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton. Powell also competed in the singles portion of the event where he fell to USC's Jonny Wang in the first round.
The Pack was solid in doubles throughout the 2014 dual season, taking the doubles point in 20 of 28 matches. State had three doubles teams ranked throughout the season, including Dempster and Mudge, Sean Weber
and Nick Horton
, as well as the tandem of Mudge and Weber have each been listed among the top 60 teams in the nation.
MUDGE AND DEMPSTER FORM DYNAMIC DOUBLES DUO
The team of Mudge and Dempster were first put together as a doubles pair at the start of the 2014 dual season and quickly showed strong chemistry on the courts. Throughout the spring, Mudge and Dempster formed one of NC State's greatest doubles pairings, as the duo equaled the school's all-time wins record in a spring season by a tandem with 20. Mudge and Dempster advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championships and came within two points of becoming the third All-American doubles pair in program history and the first since 1981.
FOUR WOLFPACKERS NOTCH 20 WINS IN SINGLES
Four members of the squad finished the season with at least 20 victories. Powell led the squad in victories with 25 on the season and was a mainstay in the ITA singles rankings throughout the campaign. In addition, Mudge (23), Horton (21) and Simon Norenius (20) each eclipsed the 20-win plateau.
NORENIUS POSTS BREAKOUT SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN
A native of Katrineholm, Sweden, Norenius posted a breakout sophomore campaign for the squad in 2013-14. In singles, Norenius posted 20 singles victories and clinched match point for the squad in three matches. In doubles, Norenius teamed with Powell for seven matches in the dual season and the pair picked up a win against the 81st ranked pair of Mitchell Frank and Justin Shane of Virginia.
WEBER FINISHES FOURTH ALL-TIME WITH 71 DOUBLES WINS
Weber completed the final season of his Wolfpack career ranked fourth on the program's all-time charts with 71 doubles victories. A native of Raleigh, N.C. Weber finished second on the squad this season with 31 doubles victories and earned three wins against nationally ranked opponents.
POWELL CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Powell continues to climb the program record books for most career wins in singles in the program's history. A native of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Powell finished the 2013-14 campaign with 71 career wins to rank eighth all-time. In each of his three seasons as a member of the Wolfpack, Powell has notched at least 21 victories in singles. With a strong senior season, Powell has the opportunity to become NC State's all-time wins leader in singles.
PACK POSTS STRONG RESULTS IN THE FALL
Several members of the Wolfpack had strong fall seasons in individual tournament play. In the ITA All-American Championships, Powell advanced to the Round of 16 and in the process knocked off three ranked opponents. Weber and Mudge also had an incredible amount of success together during the fall. The pair advanced to the finals of the ITA Carolina Regional Doubles Championships and earned a doubles title in the black draw of the Virginia Ranked + 1 Tournament. At the ITA Carolina Regional Doubles Championship, Mudge and Thomas Weigel each advanced to the quarterfinal round.