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Jan. 17, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. – NC State senior Jaime Pulgar and Wake Forest senior David Hopkins have been named the first Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Players of the Week of the 2012 spring season after each led their teams to a pair of season-opening victories.
After returning from six months on the ITF Futures Tour in Kuwait, India and his native Spain, Pulgar returned to campus less than a week ago to begin preparations for the 2012 season. The two-time All-ACC selection, who battled with injuries all of last season, cruised in his four matches over the weekend, as NC State opened the season with 7-0 victories over Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville. Pulgar won his singles opener vs. Gardner-Webb’s Adam Knutsson-Sunbald, 6-0, 6-0, and his second match vs. UNCA’s Adrien Langeard by a 6-4, 6-3 score. Playing with two different partners, he also won his two doubles matches, teaming with sophomore Ivan Sanchez Gomez at the No. 2 spot vs. Gardner-Webb and Austin Powell at the No. 3 spot.
Wake Forest’s Hopkins went a perfect 4-0 in singles and doubles against Furman and Charlotte to help lead Wake Forest to a 2-0 start to the 2012 season. The Demon Deacons defeated the Paladins 7-0 and the 49ers 6-1. Hopkins, of Winston-Salem, N.C., played No. 1 doubles with Amogh Prabhakar in both matches, topping Furman’s Jacob Behal and Andrew Mellow, 8-4, and Charlotte’s Alex Calott and Jack Williams, 8-3. He led the Wake Forest lineup at No. 1 singles against the 49ers, earning the clinching point with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Williams. He defeated Furman’s Joel Cook 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.