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Yannai Barkai, a freshman playing third seed in singles against South Carolina, returns a ball to his opponent in the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 9. Barkai earned the Wolfpack's only point during their game against the Gamecocks, resulting in an overall score of 6-1. Later that day, the NC State men's tennis team won against the North Carolina A&T Aggies 7-0.

Members of the NC State men’s tennis team competed in the ITA Fall Championships in San Diego, California and the Wake Forest Fall Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina over the weekend of Thursday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Nov. 7.

At the ITA Championships, the doubles pair of junior Martins Rocens and freshman Fons Van Sambeek handily defeated the #37 duo in the country from Kentucky 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 32, then lost a hard-fought match to a duo from TCU 6-4, 7-5 in the round of 16.

At the Wake Forest Invitational, senior Yannai Barkai handily defeated a player from Tennessee Tech 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the A2 Singles East Bracket, then dropped a close match 7-6 (5), 6-4 to a player from Duke in the second round. Freshman Joseph Wayand fell in the first round of the A1 Singles East bracket to a player from Duke 6-4, 6-1.

Barkai and Wayand competed together in the doubles competition, falling to a duo from North Florida in the first round of the A3 Doubles East bracket, then beat a duo from Elon 7-5 in the first round of the A3 West Bracket before losing to a duo from Stetson in a tiebreaker 7-6 (3).

The Wolfpack has one more competition in the fall season, which is a trip to Durham for the Duke UTR Tournament from Friday, Nov. 19 to Sunday, Nov. 21.

Senior Sports Writer

I'm Ben Ellis. I am in the NC State Class of 2023 majoring in history. I've been writing for Technician since November of 2019.