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    Powell Continues Strong Play at ITA All-Americans
    Junior Austin Powell Advanced to the Round of 16 Thursday
    Junior Austin Powell Advanced to the Round of 16 Thursday

    Oct. 3, 2013

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    TULSA, Okla. – Junior Austin Powell of the NC State men’s tennis team continued his strong play and posted two impressive victories over top-25 opponents Thursday at the 2013 Saint Francis ITA All-American Championships.

    In the singles main draw opening Round of 64, Powell posted a straight-set win over 24th-ranked Hunter Reese of Tennessee, 6-3, 6-2.

    In his second match of the day, Powell and 10th-ranked Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas battled to a decisive third set, before Powell came from behind in the final frame to upset Hess-Olesen, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-5. Hess-Olesen marks the highest ranked opponent Powell has defeated in his career at State. A product of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Powell advances to Friday’s Round of 16 and will face 36th-ranked Guillermo Alcorta of Oklahoma.

    In doubles, senior Sean Weber and freshman Nick Horton fought hard against the top-ranked pair of Mikelis Libietis and Reese of Tennessee, but ultimately was edged in the match, 8-6. 

    One round of singles and two rounds of doubles are scheduled to be played Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. EST.

    Thursday’s Results
    No. 96 Austin Powell (NCSU) def. No. 24 Hunter Reese (Tenn.), 6-3, 6-2
    No. 96 Austin Powell (NCSU) def. No. 10 Soren Hess-Olesen (Texas), 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-5

    No. 1 Libietis/Reese def. No. 49 Weber/Horton, 8-6



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