Esben Hess-Olesen won a straight set victory at the #1 spot.
Esben Hess-Olesen won a straight set victory at the #1 spot.
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State Prevails On Strength of 3-Set Wins
Release: 03/15/2013

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - NC State won a quartet of three-set singles matches Friday afternoon to prevail over North Carolina 6-1 in men's tennis action at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

After winning the doubles point, NC State led 2-1 after the squads split singles matches at #1 and #3.  State had won the first set on the other four courts only to see Carolina sweep the second sets on all four courts.  But the Wolfpack persevered, claiming three-set victories at #2, #4, #5 and #6.

The win was the first for the Wolfpack over the Tar Heels since a 5-2 win on March 4, 2009 in Raleigh.

Carolina sole singles win came at the top spot in the lineup where 35th-ranked Esben Hess-Olesen won a decisive 6-2, 6-3 decision over Robbie Mudge.

NCSU won the doubles point with an 8-6 win over the Tar Heels at the #3 spot after the two teams split at #1 and #2.  Mudge and Thomas Weigel edged Brett Clark and Oystein Steiro at #3.

Carolina had its chances in the third sets of the close singles matches and actually led at the #2, #4 and #5 spots only to fall short as the Wolfpack came back to claim all three of those third sets.

The Tar Heels are back in action Sunday when they host #8 Duke at 1 p.m. at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

#44 NC State 6, #57 North Carolina 1

Doubles (Team Winning Majority Of Matches Earns One Team Point)
Order of match finish: (1,2,3)
1. #12 Dave Thomason/Sean Weber (NCSU) d. Esben Hess-Olesen/Maik Ulrich (UNC), 8-5

2. William Parker/Nelson Vick (UNC) d. Beck Bond/Austin Powell (NCSU), 8-5

3. Robbie Mudge/Thomas Weigel (NCSU) d. Brett Clark/Oystein Steiro (UNC), 8-6

Singles (One Team Point Per Singles Match)

Order of match finish: (1,3,6,4,5,2)

1. #35 Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC) d. Robbie Mudge (NCSU), 6-2, 6-3

2. Thomas Weigel (NCSU) d. #113 Nelson Vick (UNC), 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

3. Austin Powell (NCSU) d. #104 Brett Clark (UNC), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

4. Dave Thomson (NCSU) d. William Parker (UNC), 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (10-8)

5. Sean Weber (UNC) d. #114 Oystein Steiro (UNC), 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4
6. Beck Bond (NCSU) d. Andrew Gores (UNC), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Records: North Carolina (7-7), NC State (7-5)
UNC North Carolina Men's Tennis

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