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    #31 Wolfpack Opens Conference Play with Win at Wake
    Tatiana Illova
    Tatiana Illova

    Feb. 27, 2011

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --- 31st-ranked NC State women’s tennis opened conference play with a 6-1 victory over #59 Wake Forest Sunday, led by singles wins from #23 Sanaa Bhambri and #76 Sandhya Nagaraj.

    The win marks the third of the year over ranked opponents this year for NC State (7-1, 1-0 ACC), adding to victories over Auburn and Minnesota.

    NC State captured the doubles point despite a Wake Forest upset over seventh-ranked Nagaraj and Bhambri. The Wolfpack’s top-ranked doubles team fell 8-4 to the 35th-ranked team of Duncan and Talbert, 8-4.

    Tatiana Illova and Lenka Hojckova remained undefeated as a team this spring by securing an 8-6 win against Wake’s Cutillo/Malvehy combo. Ashley Miller teamed with Pack newcomer Tanvi Shah to drop Pavelec/Bercyte 8-6.

    Bhambri and Nagaraj rebounded in singles play by defeating Wake’s top two. Bhambri triumphed in a third-set tiebreaker to defeat 50th-ranked Martina Pavelec 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4), while Nagaraj ran away with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Kathryn Talbert.

    Hojckova and Illova each scored their second wins of the day, as Hojckova sealed the match for the Pack with her 6-4, 6-4 decision over Kayla Duncan, and Illova topped Ryann Cutillo 6-3, 6-2.

    Christy Sipes improved to 8-0 on the spring with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Anna Mydlowska. Joelle Kissell suffered her first loss of the spring against 88th-ranked Emilee Malvehy, 6-0, 6-4. Kissell falls to 7-1 on the spring in singles competition.

    The Wolfpack returns home on March 4 to host fourth-ranked Duke beginning at 4 p.m. in Pullen Park.



    #23 Sanaa Bhambri (NCSU) def. #50 Martina Pavelec (WF) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (4-10)
    #76 Sandhya Nagaraj (NCSU) def. Kathryn Talbert (WF) 6-0, 6-2
    Lenka Hojckova (NCSU) def. Kayla Duncan (WF) 6-4, 6-4
    #88 Emilee Malvehy (WF) def. Joelle Kissell (NCSU) 6-0, 6-4
    Tatiana Illova (NCSU) def. Ryann Cutillo (WF) 6-3, 6-2
    Christy Sipes (NCSU) def. Anna Mydlowska (WF) 6-1, 6-4

    #35 Kayla Duncan/Kathryn Talbert (WF) def. #7 Sandhya Nagaraj/Sanaa Bhambri (NCSU) 8-4
    Tatiana Illova/Lenka Hojckova (NCSU) def. Ryann Cutillo/Emilee Malvehy (WF) 8-6
    Ashley Miller/Tanvi Shah (NCSU) def. Martina Pavelec/Brigita Bercyte (WF) 8-6

    Match Notes:
    NC State 7-1 (1-0 ACC); National ranking #31
    Wake Forest 2-4 (0-1 ACC); National ranking #59
    Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,5,3,4,1,6)

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