Men's Tennis Players Enjoying Success in Summer Tournaments
Aug. 1, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – At the end of the 2012-13 school year, NC State men’s tennis head coach Jon Choboy encouraged his players to compete in summer tournaments. Not only have the Wolfpack players done so, but they have had great success. Many players have advanced to the main draw of futures tournaments and claimed titles in other tournaments while competing as individuals.
Senior Sean Weber has participated in three competitions and advanced to the main draw of the USA F19 Futures Tournament. To qualify for the main draw, Weber won three consecutive matches in the qualifying draw. Most recently, he competed in the USA F21 Futures Tournament, posting a 2-1 record.
He also earned a world doubles ranking while partnering with Jeremy Efferding of Texas A&M, after the duo advanced to the semifinals of a tournament. In addition, Weber collected three wins in singles play at the same event, the USA F20 Futures Tournament.
“It feels great to have some success in these futures tournaments,” said Weber. “It was also really cool to earn a world doubles ranking with my partner Jeremy.”
Austin Powell, a junior from Muscle Shoals, Ala., claimed the title at the 82nd Annual City of Asheville Open Tennis Championships. He won five successive matches, winning four in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, he faced former Wolfpack player Christian Welte. He would take the court against another familiar opponent in the finals, Hunter Harrington of Clemson. Powell dropped the first set, 6-2, but bounced back to win the second and third sets, 7-6 (11) and 6-4, respectively.
“Over the summer I feel that you can go one of two directions," Powell added. "You can sit back, relax and get passive with your swing or you can play a lot of matches and work on your game to get better. I think most of our players have really latched on to that concept and everybody’s out playing matches and working on their game.”
Incoming freshman Nick Horton handled his first tournament against other collegiate players very well, winning the singles title at the ITA Summer Circuit. The Australia native won five matches to advance to the finals match, where he faced teammate Beck Bond. Horton emerged victorious in the match, 6-4, 6-4. Bond breezed through his side of the bracket as well, before coming up short against Horton in the championship.
“I feel like my first collegiate tournament went well,” said Horton. “It never feels good to beat a teammate, but we definitely pushed each other and I’m sure he’s looking forward to the next time we play.”
Not only did Horton capture the singles title, but also won the doubles championship while teaming with fellow incoming freshman Ian Dempster. The duo won five consecutive matches to claim the title. In the quarterfinals, the tandem was down 6-2 and fought back to win the match, 8-6, cementing their spot in the finals where they won by the same margin.