Men's Tennis Hosts Virginia Tech, Virginia
April 4, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State men's tennis team will look to extend its five-match winning streak when it hosts a pair of ACC opponents over the weekend. The Wolfpack will face Virginia Tech Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m., and will close out the regular-season home schedule Sunday, April 7 at 1p.m. against top-ranked Virginia.
Seniors Rafael Paez and Dave Thomson will be honored in a pre-match ceremony in observance of senior day on Sunday against Virginia. Thomson has collected 11 wins on the season, while Paez made his season debut in the singles lineup with a win against Wisconsin.
The Wolfpack (12-6, 5-1 ACC) is off to its best start in conference play under head coach Jon Choboy and is currently first in the conference standings with five wins. The Pack collected a couple of wins last weekend against then-No. 18 Florida State and Miami - both by 5-2 margins.
State has won the doubles point in each of the last eight matches and boasts a mark of 7-1 in those contests. On the season, the Wolfpack is 10-2 when winning the doubles point to start the match.
Sophomore Austin Powell earned the ACC Player of the Week award after recording three singles victories last week. Powell defeated Wisconsin's Petr Satral, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, before earning a comeback win against 122-ranked Dominic Cotrone of Florida State, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. Powell collected another win over Miami's Diego Soto, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3, to end the week. He is now on an eight-match winning streak.
Scouting Virginia Tech: The Virginia Tech Hokies enter Friday's contest with a record of 10-6, including a 2-2 mark in conference play. The Hokies came up short in their last outing against Virginia Commonwealth, 4-3. Virginia Tech is led by No. 55 Amerigo Contini and No. 81 Andreas Bjerrehus in singles play.
Scouting Virginia: The Virginia Cavaliers are currently 15-0 on the season and 4-0 in conference play. The Cavaliers will compete in Winston-Salem, N.C., against Wake Forest before Sunday's matchup with the Wolfpack. Virginia defeated Boston College, 7-0, in its last outing. The Cavaliers feature six ranked players in singles play and four ranked pairs' in doubles play.