Pack Men's Tennis Takes Down No. 15 Clemson
March 22, 2013
CLEMSON, S.C. - The NC State men's tennis team earned its second ACC victory of the season with an upset win against the 15th-ranked Clemson Tigers, 4-2, Friday afternoon at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. The Wolfpack won the doubles point and earned three victories in singles play to seal the win.
"I give all the credit to our guys," said head coach Jon Choboy. "We came out in doubles play and went right after them. We capitalized on some areas that we haven't in previous matches. It was a complete team effort and the guys did a great job of handling a really tough road match. "
State (8-6, 2-1 ACC) got off to a great start in doubles play as sophomores Beck Bond and Austin Powell cruised to an 8-1 victory against Clemson's (13-3, 2-1 ACC) Hunter Harrington and Gerardo Meza at the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Bond and Powell, who were playing at the No. 3 spot in the lineup for the first time this season, earned their first ACC and fourth dual doubles win of the year.
The Pack's 12th-ranked duo of Dave Thomson and Sean Weber were leading the Tigers' 11th-ranked tandem of Dominique Maden and Yannick Maden, 6-4, when the doubles point was clinched and the match went unfinished.
"We've been playing good, solid doubles for a while and it was another good day in doubles play for us," Choboy added.
In singles play, Thomson increased State's lead in the match to 2-0 with a win against D. Maden at the No. 4 spot. The senior won the first set, 6-3, and held on to claim the second set by the same margin. Bond collected the next victory of the day for the Pack with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win versus Rigsby at No. 6 singles to push State's advantage to 3-0 in the overall match.
"It was huge for Dave (Thomson) to win his match in straight sets and put us up in the match 2-0," Choboy said. "He set the tone for us in singles play and Beck (Bond) followed with a straight-set win to stretch the lead to 3-0."
Clemson countered with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the lineup to cut the deficit to 3-2. Weigel fell to Y. Maden at the No. 1 spot, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, while Mudge suffered a setback at the No. 2 spot in the lineup to Harrington, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Powell sealed the win for NC State with a hard-fought win at No. 3 singles against Meza. The sophomore from Muscle Shoals, Ala., won the first set, 6-4, before dropping the second set, 6-3. Powell refocused in the third set and claimed a 6-4 decision to win his match and clinch the overall match for the Wolfpack. He now has 15 victories on the season and has won his last four matches.
Weber was tied with with Ansari in the third set, 6-6, when the Wolfpack clinched the win and the match went unfinished at the No. 5 spot. The junior dropped the first set, 6-4, but won the second set, 6-1.
NC State will return to action Sunday, Mar. 24, when it travels to Georgia Tech for a noon matchup.
#45 N.C. State 4, #15 Clemson 2
Order of Finish: 4, 6, 2, 1, 3
Order of Finish: 3, 2