Men's Tennis Suffers Tough Loss to Middle Tennessee State, 4-3
Feb. 19, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s tennis team suffered a tough 4-3 loss to No. 43 Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday, at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. The Wolfpack dropped the doubles point, won the first three matches in singles play, before dropping the final three singles matches.
The Wolfpack struggled to get going in doubles play as the Blue Raiders won the first two matches to claim the doubles point. Sophomores Beck Bond and Austin Powell dropped their match in the No. 2 spot to Victor Cornea and Ben Davis, 8-2. Robbie Mudge and Thomas Weigel lost to David Fox and Christoph Lang, 8-2 at the No. 3 spot. Dave Thomson and Sean Weber, the 41st-ranked doubles duo according to the ITA, collected the only win for the Pack in doubles, defeating Yannick Born and Marlon Brand, 8-7 (8-6).
State quickly countered in singles play, winning the first three matches to take the lead, 3-1, after trailing 1-0 heading into singles play. Weber claimed the first win of the day for the Pack, making quick work of Born at the No. 4 spot in the lineup, 6-2, 6-4. At No. 2 singles, Mudge dropped the first set against Cornea, 6-2, but fought back to win the second and third sets, 6-2 and 6-2, respectively.
Weigel remained undefeated on the season, defeating Lang in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (12). The Bocholt, Germany, native fought off several game points during the second set to earn the victory. Weigel improved his record on the season to 16-7, including an 8-0 mark in dual singles play.
The Blue Raiders responded to the Pack’s run by winning the next three singles matches to claim the win. At the No. 1 spot, No. 98 Davis topped No. 125 Powell, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Simon Norenius came up short against Ettore Zito, 7-6 (5), 6-4, while Bond suffered his first loss of the season to Fox at the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, to end the match.
NC State will return to action Saturday, Feb. 23, when it hosts UNC Wilmington at noon.
Tennis Match Results
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,2,3,1,5,6)