Men's Tennis Completes ACC Road Sweep with 4-3 Win at Georgia Tech
March 24, 2013
ATLANTA - The NC State men's tennis team collected its second ACC road win of the weekend with a 4-3 victory against Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. The Wolfpack won the doubles point for the third consecutive match and won three matches in singles play to claim the win.
"It's always nice to get a win," said head coach Jon Choboy. "I think we could've played a little sharper and more aggressive in certain areas, but we'll take the win. I'm proud of the guys and it's good to start conference play on a good note."
NC State (9-6, 3-1 ACC) sophomores Beck Bond and Austin Powell got the Pack off to a quick start in doubles play, claiming an 8-2 win against Georgia Tech's (7-10, 0-4 ACC) Colin Edwards and Garrett Gordon at the No. 3 spot in the lineup. The duo is now 2-0 on the season in the No. 3 spot. State's 12th-ranked doubles duo of Dave Thomson and Sean Weber suffered their first ACC loss and first setback since Jan. 26 to the Yellow Jackets' fourth-ranked duo of Eduardo Segura and Juan Spir, 8-6. The loss for the duo snapped a seven-match winning streak.
With each side claiming a doubles win, the match at the No. 2 spot in the lineup would determine the winner of the doubles point. The Pack's Robbie Mudge and Thomas Weigel emerged victorious against Juan Melian and Nathan Rakitt, 8-4, to claim the doubles point for the Wolfpack.
Thomson kept the momentum rolling for State in singles play as he collected a quick straight-set win to push the Wolfpack's lead in the overall match to 2-0. The senior dominated at the No. 5 spot in the lineup, defeating Tech's Gordon, 6-0, 6-1.
Georgia Tech responded by winning the next two matches at the No. 4 and No. 1 spot in the lineup. Rakitt topped Weber, 6-2, 6-3 at the four spot, while Melian defeated Mudge in the top spot, 6-1, 6-2.
The team's traded wins in the following matches, as NC State won No. 6 singles and Georgia Tech claimed a No. 2 singles victory. Bond took down Edwards, 6-3, 6-4 at the six spot and Weigel came up short against 84th-ranked Spir, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-5. Bond improved to 9-2 on the season in dual matches, which includes an 8-2 mark in his last 10 matches.
With the overall match tied at three, Powell and Segura found themselves in a tough battle at No. 3 singles. Powell won the first set, 6-3, but Segura forced a third set after winning the second set by the same count. The Wolfpack sophomore prevailed in the third set to take a 6-4 victory and clinch a 4-3 win for the Wolfpack. He has now clinched the win for the Pack in back-to-back matches.
"Austin's really doing a good job for us," said Choboy. "It was a really good effort by him and he's been mentally strong for us in the past few matches and it's making a big difference for our team."
NC State will step out of conference for a home matchup with Wisconsin, Tuesday, March 26 at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
#45 NC State 4, #74 Georgia Tech 3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,4,1,6,2,3)