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    Pack Opens Strong at Duke Fab Four Invitational
    Senior Sean Weber
    Senior Sean Weber

    Sept. 13, 2013

    Doubles Draw  l  Singles Draw

    CARY, N.C. – The NC State men’s tennis team opened its 2013-14 campaign in strong fashion Friday afternoon at the Duke Fab Four Invitational, as the Pack collected nine wins on day one of the three-day event held at Cary Tennis Park.

    The Pack will have five players appear in Saturday’s quarterfinals, as Sean Weber, Austin Powell, Robbie Mudge, Beck Bond and Nick Horton each recorded victories in the first round of singles.

    Seeded third in the white singles draw, Horton posted an impressive performance in his collegiate debut, posting a 6-1, 6-0 win over Javier Wasse of Radford. The freshman will now face Elon’s Brian Kowalski in the quarterfinals. Also in the white draw, Mudge dropped the first set against VCU’s Jean Baptiste Mateo, but the Pack junior rebounded strong by winning the next two frames to come away with the 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-0 victory. Mudge will next play fourth-seeded Sasha Gozun of South Florida.

    In the blue draw, Powell, who is ranked 96th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason rankings, captured his first win of the season against South Florida’s Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz, 7-5, 7-6 (5), while Bond was impressive in his 6-3, 6-2 win over Elon’s Stefan Fortmann. Powell will face UNC’s Johan Skattum in the quarterfinals, while Bond will play Duke’s Bruno Semenzato.

    In the black draw, Weber will move on to the quarterfinals to face top-seeded Fred Saba of Duke after defeating Elon’s Jordan Kaufman, 6-3, 6-3. Sophomore Thomas Weigel fell short in his upset bid of VCU’s fourth-seeded Alejandro Argente, 6-1, 6-2. He is set to play Ben Hoogland of William & Mary in the consolation quarterfinals.

    In doubles, Mudge and Weber were impressive, posting two strong victories to earn a ticket into Saturday’s final of the black draw. In the quarterfinal round, the duo defeated VCU’s tandem of Argente and Mateo, 8-2. In the semis, the Pack tandem continued their dominant play, posting a victory over Duke’s pair of Saba and Raphael Hemmeler, 8-3. Weber and Mudge are slated to face South Florida’s top-seeded pairing of Oliver Pramming and Gonzalez-Muniz in Saturday’s final.

    In the blue doubles draw, Horton and Weigel outlasted South Florida’s Gozun and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy, 8-7 (2), but fell in the semis against the Wake Forest tandem of Romain Bogaerts and Anthony Delcore, 8-6. Horton and Weigel will face Louisville’s team of Sebastien Stiefelmeyer and Van Damrongsri in the third-place match Saturday.

    In the white draw, Powell and Bond also won their quarterfinal match against Radford’s Joe Mills and Wasse, 8-3. In their semifinal match, Powell and Bond fought hard before falling to VCU’s Wilder Pimentel and Michal Voscek, 8-6. The Wolfpack duo will take the court against Nicky Kunz and Nicholas Osterline of Wake Forest in the third-place match.

    The doubles finals are slated to begin at 9 a.m., Saturday followed by two rounds of singles.



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