RALEIGH The NC State men’s tennis team continues to add to its list of first.
With a 4-0 win over No. 23 Florida State on Sunday, the Wolfpack is 4-0 in ACC play for the first time in the Kyle Spencer era.
Sunday’s match was also the first win this season over a nationally ranked opponent.
NC State (10-4, 4-0) has now won six consecutive matches heading into Tuesday night’s showdown with No. Texas.
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“I thought we had great momentum,” Spencer said. “It was a big win. Across the board we had guys close out sets and that’s sort of what we’ve been waiting for for a while, to have that full team effort in that regard.”
Doubles (NC State 1, FSU 0)
After the Noles took the first doubles’ match, NC State won two in a row to secure the doubles’ point.
Rafa Izquierdo Luque and Joe Wayand, ranked No. 29 in the country, won their third straight match, defeating Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc and Joshua Dous-Karpenschif 6-3.
Robin Catry and Luca Staeheli, ranked No. 55 in the country, clinched the doubles with a 6-2 win over Alex Bulte and Loris Pourroy. It was the sixth consecutive win for the Pack pair.
Singles (NC State 3, FSU 0)
NC State’s Robin Catry kept the momentum going for the Pack, winning his first two sets, 6-0, 6-1 over Andreja Petrovic.
Braden Shick then picked up a huge win over No. 107 Youcef Rihane, 6-2, 6-4 to give NC State a 3-0 advantage.
The Noles wouldn’t go away quietly, though, making things difficult on court one for Damien Salvestre and courts five and six for Fons Van Sambeek and Joe Wayand.
Enter Luca Staeheli.
In his match against Loris Pourroy, Staeheli dropped the first set, 6-4, but put on his rally cap to win sets two and three to clinch the match for the Pack.
“A lot of resiliency on his part,” Spencer said.
Staeheli won the second set, 6-2, to things up, then dominated the final set, 6-1 for the win.
Order of finish: (4,3,2)
1 – Damien Salvestre (NCSU) vs. No. 4 Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc, 3-6, 6-4, 3-5, unfinished
2 – Luca Staeheli (NCSU) def. Loris Pourroy, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
3 – Braden Shick (NCSU) def. No. 107 Youcef Rihane, 6-2, 6-4
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