Wolfpack Falls to No. 1 Duke
April 4, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 70 NC State women’s tennis dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 1 Duke on Friday afternoon at Ambler Tennis Stadium.
The Blue Devils opened the match by winning two of the three doubles matches to secure the initial point. Joelle Kissell and Sophie Nelson, playing No. 1 doubles for the Pack, lost to the nation's No. 6 ranked doubles pair of Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar, 8-2, while Nicole Martinez and Natalia Janowicz came up short against Chalena Scholl and Annie Mulholland by the score of 8-2 as well. Rachael James-Baker and Liza Fieldsend were leading the No. 24 ranked pair of Ester Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith 5-3, but left the match unfinished after Duke clinched the doubles point.
In singles play, the Wolfpack dropped a trio closely-contested second sets in matches one, two and three to fall short of pulling off the upset attempt.
Kissell lost her match from the top singles spot to Chalena Scholl, 6-1, 7-5 while James-Baker fell 6-3, 7-6 in a hard-fought match versus No. 31 Hanna Mar on court two.
Playing third in the order, Martinez fell to No. 89 Smith 6-1, 7-5 while Hande was defeated by Rachel Kahan, 6-3, 6-0 from the No. 4 position in the order. Janowicz registered a 6-1, 6-2 defeat to Annie Mulholland on court five and Nelson, playing No. 6 singles, dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision to Marianne Jodoin.
The Wolfpack will now head to Dedham, Mass. to face No. 51 Boston College on Sunday, April 6 at the Dedham Health & Athletic Complex. First serve is set for 5 p.m.