Feb. 1, 2013
Site: Raleigh, N.C. (J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center)
Score: #34 Northwestern 4, #35 NC State 3
Records: NU (7-1), NC State (3-2)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Feb. 3 -- at William & Mary (Williamsburgh, Va.), 8 a.m. CT
RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 34 Northwestern bounced back from its first loss of the season last Saturday by posting a 4-3 victory at No. 35 NC State on Friday.
The Wildcats got off to a 6-0 start to its season before falling at fifth-ranked Duke in the second round of last weekend's ITA Team Indoor Championship. However, the Wildcats' return to the state of North Carolina was a triumphant one thanks to a pair of three-set wins at Nos. 1 and 4 singles.
NU got off on the right foot as it captured the doubles point. Despite falling at No. 1, the 'Cats bounced back to earn the victory. Mihir Kumar and Alex Pasareanu earned an 8-4 victory at No. 3 before the duo of Sidarth Balaji and Raleigh Smith notched a win by the same score.
The Wolfpack evened the match with a straight-sets win at No. 3 singles before 108th-ranked Raleigh Smith recorded a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Austin Powell at No. 2 to put Northwestern back in front.
At No. 1, Spencer Wolf dropped the opening set but responded to win the next two for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Robbie Mudge to put the Wildcats within one point of the team win. Pasareanu was able to close out the decision for Northwestern as he also worked three sets to notch a hard-fought 7-6, 4-6, 7-5 victory over Sean Weber.
The Wildcats return to action at 8 a.m. CT Sunday as it travels to Virginia to take on William & Mary.
#34 Northwestern 4, #35 NC State 3
1. Simon Norenius / Sean Weber (NCSU) def. Fedor Baev / Spencer Wolf (NU) 8-6
2. Sidarth Balaji / Raleigh Smith (NU) def. Beck Bond / Austin Powell (NCSU) 8-4
3. Mihir Kumar / Alex Pasareanu (NU) def. Robbie Mudge / Thomas Weigel (NCSU) 8-4
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2*
1. Spencer Wolf
(NU) def. Robbie Mudge (NCSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. #108 Raleigh Smith
(NU) def. Austin Powell (NCSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Thomas Weigel (NCSU) def. Sidarth Balaji
(NU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Alex Pasareanu
(NU) def. Sean Weber (NCSU) 7-6, 4-6, 7-5
5. Simon Norenius (NCSU) def. Chris Jackman
(NU) 6-3, 3-6, 10-5
6. Beck Bond (NCSU) def. Fedor Baev
(NU) 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish:
3, 2, 1, 4*, 5, 6
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