NCAA Mens Tennis

No. 19 NC State drops road match to Northwestern

No. 19 NC State drops road match to Northwestern

EVANSTON, IL. The No. 19 NC State men’s tennis team suffered their loss of the season, falling to Northwestern, 4-3.
The Wolfpack (2-1) took care of business in doubles action, but were edged out by the Wildcats (2-0) in singles competition. 
Doubles recap
NC State took the first doubles win of the day when Martins Rocens and Fons Van Sambeek defeated the combo of Steven Forman and Felix Nordby, 6-2.
The Wildcats evened things up in the second match when Trice Pickens and Natan Spear upset No. 21 Rafa Izquierdo Luque and Joe Wayan, 6-3.
The combo of Robin Catry and Luca Staeheli secured the doubles points, winning the rubber match, 6-3. 
Singles recap
The singles showdown between NC State and Northwestern was a seesaw affair during the first two matches.
Luca Staeheli got the Pack off to a good start, defeating Presley Thieneman, 7-5, 6-3. The Wildcats evened things out when Steven Forman beat No. 122 Rafa Izquierdo Luque, 6-3 and 7-5. 
Northwestern went ahead, 3-2, when Simen Bratholm defeated Robin Catry in consecutive tiebreakers, 7-5, 7-5. The Wildcats won two in a row to take control. No. 97 Ivan Yatsuk defeated Martins Rocens in three sets, followed by a win by No. 110 Trice Pickens over Braden Shick.
Fons Van Sambeek of NC State ended the day with a win over Gleb Blekher, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4.

Northwestern 4, No. 19 NC State 3


Order of finish: (2,3,1)
1. Robin Catry/Luca Staeheli (NC State) def. Simen Bratholm/Ivan Yatsuk (Northwestern), 6-3
2. Martins Rocens/Fons Van Sambeek (NC State) def. Steven Forman/Felix Nordby (Northwestern), 6-2
3. Trice Pickens/Natan Spear (Northwestern) def. No. 21 Rafa Izquierdo Luque/Joseph Wayand (NC State), 3-6
Order of finish: (5,1,3,2,4,6)
1. Steven Forman (Northwestern) def. No. 122 Rafa Izquierdo Luque, 3-6, 5-7
2.  No. 97 Ivan Yatsuk (Northwestern) def. Martins Rocens (NC State), 4-6, 6-4, 3-6
3. Simen Bratholm (Northwestern) def. Robin Catry (NC State), 7-5, 7-5
4. No. 110 Trice Pickens (Northwestern) def. Braden Shick (NC State), 7-6, 7-6
5. Luca Staeheli (NC State) def. Presley Thieneman (Northwestern), 7-5, 6-3
6. Fons Van Sambeek (NC State) vs. Gleb Blekher (Northwestern), 6-4, 6-7, 6-4
Up next: NC State returns home on Friday, taking on 16 Harvard at 6 pm.

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