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MTEN: NC State Posts Pair of Victories to Close Weekend

Posted February 10, 2014

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— The No. 32 NC State men’s tennis team picked up a pair of victories on Sunday inside the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. The Wolfpack upset No. 26 South Carolina, 4-3, in the first match of the day, before cruising to a 7-0 victory against Longwood. With the pair of victories, State improves to 8-1 on the season.

NC State 4, South Carolina 3

NC State earned its fourth consecutive 4-3 victory of the season against No. 26 South Carolina in the first of two matches on Sunday.

“It’s always good to have a good crowd, as we had out there today,” said head coach Jon Choboy. “I think they really enjoyed that match, because they seemed to be really getting into it and our guys fed off of that energy.”

The Wolfpack started the afternoon by claiming the doubles point for the second straight match and the fifth time this season with wins from the No. 1 and No. 2 positions in the lineup. At the No. 2 position, the 19th-ranked duo of Nick Horton and Sean Weber defeated No. 24 Chip Cox and Kyle Koch of South Carolina, 8-5. As a team, State remains unbeaten from the No. 2 position in the doubles lineup, with a 7-0 record for the dual season. Moments later, the team of Robbie Mudge and Ian Dempster sealed the doubles point for State with an 8-2 victory against USC’s Tstevan Mihav and Thiago Pinheiro from the top position.

Beck Bond and Austin Powell were leading the tandem of Andrew Adams and Andrew Schafer at the No. 3 spot, 7-3, before the match was left unfinished.

In singles, South Carolina won the first match to tie the team score at 1-1, as Pinheiro defeated Thomas Weigel, 6-4, 6-2 on court three. However, State would quickly answer to take a 2-1 lead, as Powell captured a victory from the No. 1 position of the lineup against No. 41 Mihov, 7-5, 6-4. At the No. 4 position, Adams answered to tie the team score once more for South Carolina, as he captured a 6-3, 6-3 win over Horton.

At the No. 5 position of the lineup, Weber cruised past South Carolina’s Chip Cox in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. The win for Weber is his sixth of the dual season and 15th overall.

In a back-and-forth match at the No. 2 position, Mudge outlasted USC’s Koch, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (2), to seal the team victory for State. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native now owns a 5-1 record for the spring season and owns 16 victories overall.

“That was a crazy environment,”Mudge said. “I was listening to the fans get behind me. That was the loudest match I have ever been a part of in here, which was really cool. It helped me get a win.”

At the No. 6 position, Simon Norenius was edged in his match against No. 91 Andrew Schafer, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (9).

Tennis Match Results
South Carolina vs NC State
Feb 09, 2014 at Raleigh, N.C.
(J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)

#32 NC State 4, #26 South Carolina 3

Singles competition
1. #50 Austin Powell (NCSU) def. #41 Tsvetan Mihov (USC) 7-5, 6-2
2. #76 Robbie Mudge (NCSU) def. #103 Kyle Koch (USC) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)
3. Thiago Pinheiro (USC) def. #82 Thomas Weigel (NCSU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Andrew Adams (USC) def. #83 Nick Horton (NCSU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Sean Weber (NCSU) def. Chip Cox (USC) 6-1, 6-2
6. #91 Andrew Schafer (USC) def. Simon Norenius (NCSU) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 1-0 (11-9)

Doubles competition
1. Robbie Mudge/Ian Dempster (NCSU) def. Tsvetan Mihov/Thiago Pinheiro (USC) 8-2
2. #19 Sean Weber/Nick Horton (NCSU) def. #24 Chip Cox/Kyle Koch (USC) 8-5
3. Austin Powell/Beck Bond (NCSU) vs. Andrew Adams/Andrew Schafer (USC) 7-3, unfinished

Match Notes:
South Carolina 5-4; National ranking #26
NC State 7-1; National ranking #32
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,1,4,5,2,6)
T-4:15 A-155

NC State 7, Longwood 0

State picked up its second victory of the afternoon with a 7-0 decision against Longwood.

“The guys did a good job of not coming out flat after a hard-fought battle against South Carolina,” Choboy said. “They came out and took care of business, which was really good to see.”

State would win the doubles point with victories from the No. 1 and No. 2 positions to open the match. At the top of the lineup, the pair of Mudge and Dempster defeated Longwood’s Dan Elston and Edward Becker, 8-3, while the tandem of Bond and Weigel clinched the opening point for the Pack with a 8-4 decision against Warren Bryan and Bharani Sankar on court two.

At the No. 3 position, the team of Parker McGuiness and Ryan Newman were leading their match, 5-3, against Steed Johnson and James Fudge, before it was left unfinished.

In singles, Ian Dempster increased the State lead to 2-0 from the No. 4 position with a 6-0, 6-0 win against Warren Bryan, while Horton defeated Becker from the No. 2 spot in the lineup with a 6-2, 6-0 win to give the Pack a 3-0 advantage.

Playing the No. 3 position, Bond clinched the team victory for State with a 6-1, 6-2 win. The victory is his ninth of the season and third of the spring campaign.

At the top position, Weigel posted a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Elston, while McGuiness captured the first victory of his dual season career with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Higgs. Newman would also add a 6-0, 6-2 straight-set victory for the Pack over Sankar.

Up next, the Wolfpack will host East Carolina on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m.

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