Pack Concludes Day Two at Duke Fab Four Invitational
Sept. 14, 2013
CARY, N.C. - Three members of the NC State men's tennis team advanced to the semifinals in their respective draws Saturday, as play continued at the Duke Fab Four Invitational at Cary Tennis Park.
Horton captured his second straight win to begin his career at State with a dominant, 6-1, 6-3, victory over Elon's Brian Kowalski. In his afternoon match, the highly touted rookie went shot-for-shot against Duke's top-seeded Michael Redlicki, before falling in three sets, 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-3. Ranked 22nd in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason poll, Redlicki is the second-highest ranked player in the tournament.
In the same draw, Mudge overwhelmed fourth-seeded Sasha Gozun of South Florida, 6-1, 6-2, to reach the semis. The Pack junior captured the first set of his afternoon match against No. 34 Cameron Silverman of Elon, but was ultimately edged by the second-seeded Silverman in three frames, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Mudge and Horton are slated to play in the third-place match on Sunday.
In the blue draw, Powell posted a dominant quarterfinal performance in his 6-3, 6-1 route of UNC's Johan Skattum, but fell in the semis to fifth-ranked Romain Bogaerts of Wake Forest, 6-3, 6-2. Bogaerts is listed as the highest ranked player in the tournament. A native of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Powell is slated to face Anthony Delcore of Wake Forest in the third-place match.
Junior Beck Bond fought hard before falling to Duke's Bruno Semenzato, 7-5, 7-5, in the quarterfinals. He advanced to Sunday's fifth-place match in a walkover against Duke's Raphael Hemmeler, where he will face UNC's Skattum.
In the black draw, senior Sean Weber was edged in three sets by Duke's top-seeded Fred Saba, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, but advanced to the fifth-place final with a 6-3, 6-2 win over William & Mary's Aaron Chaffee in the afternoon. Sophomore Thomas Weigel reached the consolation semifinals with a win over the Tribe's Ben Hoogland, 7-5, 6-4, before falling to Sebastien Steifelmeyer of Louisville, 6-2, 7-6 (2). Weber will face Wake Forest's Nicky Kunz in the fifth-place match, while Weigel will square off against Elon's Jordan Kaufman in the consolation third-place match.
In doubles, the Pack duo of Mudge and Weber were defeated, 8-5, in the black draw finals by South Florida's top-seeded pair of Oliver Pramming and Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz. In the third-place match of the blue draw, Horton and Weigel fell to Louisville's Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri, while Powell and Bond were edged by the Wake Forest team of Kunz and Nicholas Osterline, 8-6, in the third-place match of the white draw.
The Wolfpack is set to conclude play with the final round of singles set to begin at 10:30 a.m., Sunday at Cary Tennis Park.