#36 NC State Edges the #66 Bears, 4-3

March 29, 2006

RALEIGH, NC - The No. 36 NC State men's tennis team defeated No. 66 Brown (13-7), 4-3, on Wednesday, March 29, at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium on the NC State campus. The match came down to the doubles point, as the two teams split the six singles matches, 3-3.

NC State claimed the doubles point in a tight battle, as the Wolfpack won at #1 and #2 with identical 9-8 (3) scores. Brown's lone win in doubles action came at #3, where freshman Sam Garland (Bradenton, FL) and junior Eric Thomas (Cincinnati, OH) earned another close, 9-7, win. The doubles point could have gone in favor of Brown, as at one point, all three courts posted 7-6 scores with the Bears leading in two of the bouts.

In singles, NC State won the first three matches off of the court, sealing up the team victory, before Brown collected any of its points. The tide turned when freshman Basu Ratnam (Oyster Bay, NY) posted a 6-4, 6-1 win at #3, while freshman Chris Lee (Sudbury, MA) earned a 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6) win at #5. Brown's other win came at #2, where Thomas earned a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory.

The Bears return to action, tomorrow, March 30, when they face Wake Forest, at 2:00 p.m. It is Brown's final non-league match of the year.

#36 NC State 4, #66 Brown 3
Doubles
#1 (#76) Banada/Shaw (N) def. Charm/Lee (B) 9-8 (3)
#2 Noblitt/Zink (N) def. Hanegby/Kohli (B) 9-8 (3)
#3 Garland/Thomas (B) def. Weinacker/Welte (N) 9-7
Order of Finish: 2,3,1

Singles
#1 (#43) Cavaday (N) def. (#63) Hanegby (B) 6-3, 6-3
#2 Thomas (B) def. Banada (N) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
#3 Ratnam (B) def. Iriarte (N) 6-4, 6-1
#4 Noblitt (N) def. Kohli (B) 6-0, 6-2
#5 Lee (B) def. Weinacker (N) 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6) #6 Shaw (N) def. Tedaldi (B) 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4,6,1,3,5,2