Today at 3 pm in Chapel Hill, UNC and NC State will faceoff in a crucial match. NC State needs this win to help solidify an NCAA tournament bid. We have won four straight ACC matches, but unfortunately we still have the toughest stretch of our schedule ahead. We face what might be the five best teams in the ACC(UVa, UNC, FSU, Miami and Virginia Tech) all on the road to end the season.
Live stats can be followed here. If anyone is free this afternoon, then I highly recommend attending this match. In my opinion, college tennis is by far the most exciting non-revenue sport because there is non-stop action and every match counts.
NC State’s tennis team might have been the biggest athletics story in 2007 as they made a historic run to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament which was a first for the men’s tennis program. Last year was Coach John Choboy’s fifth season at NC State and throughout last year the team played as if they were on the verge of something special losing close matches to several top teams.
UNC and NC state played a grueling, four+ hour match in the regular season that came down to the the third set at #5 singles. Both the NC State and UNC players were cramping so bad that they could barely move on the court during points. The drama unfolding on the court kept many people from going over to watch the baseball game versus ECU. In the end, UNC pulled it out to win the match 4-3.
After an early exit in the ACC tournament to Virginia Tech, NC State got it rolling in the NCAA tournament. They won their first round match gainst 43rd ranked William & Mary to set up a rematch against UNC in Chapel Hill. NC State played their best tennis of the year to win 4-0 which was only the sixth win over UNC in the program’s history, 1st win against UNC since 1988, and the program’s first win ever against a top 10 ranked team.
“This is a huge win for our program,” said head coach Jon Choboy. “We’ve been knocking on the door for a while now, and we finally kicked it in. The guys played as tough as possible, and they believed that they could come out on top. You can’t ask for much more than that. I’m as proud of them as I can be.
“I can’t say enough about the support of the loyal Wolfpackers that made the drive out to cheer us on,” said Choboy. “Their support helped our confidence and gave us an extra energy to feed off of in a tough environment. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it.”
They beat 11th ranked Texas in the round of sixteen before bowing out to Baylor in the Elite 8.
This year’s team (11-8, 4-2) is progressing in a similar manner to last year. Of our eight losses, six were by a score of 4-3 against solid teams Rice, Alabama, Wake Forest, Duke, Indiana, and Notre Dame. Hopefully we can kick in the door one more time today.
UNC won 5-2. Our #1 doubles team got killed and we lost two close matches at #2 and #3. In singles, Nick Cavaday playing at #2 was off his game and lost. UNC won quickly at #4 and then again at #6 to go up 4-0 and put the Pack away. Derrick Stephens(#5) and Jay Weinacker(#3) came back from a set down in their matches to keep us from getting blanked. The #1 match was also very close, but James McGee lost in a tiebreaker in the 3rd set.
With the schedule ahead, we might be lucky to win another match this year.