Men's Tennis Drops Heartbreaker to Virginia Tech, 4-3
April 5, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s tennis team suffered its second loss in ACC play Friday evening, as Virginia Tech escaped with a narrow, 4-3 victory at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium.
The Hokies jumped out to an early in the match, collecting doubles victories on courts one and two to clinch the doubles point and take a 1-0 lead.
Virginia Tech’s (11-6, 3-2 ACC) 20th-ranked duo of Andreas Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini edged NC State’s (12-7, 5-2 ACC) 16th-ranked tandem of Dave Thomson and Sean Weber, 8-5, at the No. 1 spot, before Hunter Koontz and Lucas Oliveira outlasted Thomas Weigel and Robbie Mudge by the same count at the No. 2 spot.
NC State bolted ahead of the Hokies with three quick singles victories, as Thomson downed Koontz, 6-3, 6-3, in the No. 3 spot, before Weigel took down Oliveira, 6-3, 7-5, at the No. 4 spot. Thomson’s win was his seventh in his last 10 outings, as Weigel improved to 12-6 in dual matches this spring.
Playing in the No. 5 spot, Weber pushed the Wolfpack lead to 3-1 when he finished off Kujundzic, 6-2, 6-4, in recording his third-straight win and moving his dual singles record to 11-6 on the year.
Virginia Tech countered with wins at the top spots in the lineup, as the 55th-ranked Contini defeated Mudge, 6-4, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot, and the 81st-ranked Bjerrehus outlasted Powell, 6-2, 7-6 in the No. 1 spot to tie the match at three.
With the overall match undecided, it came down to a three-set battle between Joao Monteiro and Bond. Monteiro won the first set, 6-4, but Bond retaliated with a 6-2 second-set victory to force a third and final frame. Bond jumped out to a 4-2 advantage in the early going, but Monteiro countered and won five of the next six games to win the set, 7-5, and clinch a 4-3 victory for the Hokies.
The Wolfpack returns to action Sunday, April 7, when it hosts top-ranked Virginia on Senior Day. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m., at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium.
Tennis Match Results
#55 Virginia Tech 4, #36 NC State 3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,4,5,2,1,6)