Men's Tennis Sweeps Boston College, 4-0, at ACC Championships
April 19, 2012
CARY, N.C. – The No. 38 NC State men’s tennis team took care of business quickly on Thursday by beating Boston College 4-0 in the first round of the ACC Championships at the Cary Tennis Park and advancing to Friday’s quarterfinal match against No. 8 and third-seeded Duke.
It was the 10th shutout of the season for head coach Jon Choboy’s team, which ties the school record set by the 2006 Wolfpack.
The victory improved the State’s overall record to 20-8 on the season, which is the second most victories in school history. The 2007 team that advanced to the Elite eight was 23-10 on the season.
“Our No. 1 and No. 2 singles players got off to a really good start, and that set the tone for our entire team,” Choboy said. “We definitely came out ready to play and did what we needed to do.”
Senior Dominic Hodgson set the pace by flying through his No. 2 match against Alex Skinner, winning 6-0, 6-3. He improved to 15-8 overall and 8-4 against ACC opponents.
Freshman Robbie Mudge, playing in the No. 5 match, also won in straight sets, becoming the fourth freshman in school history to record 20 wins in a season. He has matched the total of Carl Baumgardner (1976) and John Joyce (1977) in their initial seasons with the Wolfpack. Jay Weinacker set the overall single-season record and the freshman record with 23 wins in 2006.
After losing six of his first eight matches against ACC foes, Mudge has now won five of his last six against league opponents.
Senior Julian Sullivan closed out the match by winning 6-3, 6-2 over Jonathan Raude. The Wolfpack was also leading two of the other three matches when play was suspended in those contests.
Choboy tweaked his lineup, using seniors Jaime Pulgar, Hodgson and Sullivan in the top three singles matches and freshmen Mudge, Austin Powell and Beck Bond in the bottom three matches.
The Wolfpack swept through doubles action with Hodgson and Sullivan winning at No. 1 and junior Dave Thomson and sophomore Sean Weber taking the No. 3 match. Pulgar and Mudge were leading their No. 2 match 7-4 when the decisive third set was concluded and the No. 2 match did not finish.
The Wolfpack is a perfect 19-0 this season when winning the doubles point and 1-8 when losing it.
Earlier this season, in the ACC opener for both teams, Duke defeated the Wolfpack 4-3 at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium. Both teams have made some lineup moves since that match, particularly in their doubles teams.
The Blue Devils won all three doubles matches in that contest, but the Wolfpack made it close with singles’ wins by Hodgson, Powell and junior Rafael Paez.
“Both teams are a little bit different than when we played earlier this year,” Choboy said. “The good thing is that we have some familiarity with their lineup. That should be helpful for us.
“We’re definitely ready to play.”
Friday’s match is slated to begin at 3 p.m. Live scoring will be available on GoPack.com and periodic Twitter updates will be available @PackMensTennis.
NC State 4, Boston College 0