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    NC State Defeats No. 73 Maryland
    Ashley Miller
    Ashley Miller

    April 8, 2012

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The NC State women's tennis team defeated No. 73 Maryland, 4-3, at the Cole Field House Courts in College Park, Md., on Sunday afternoon. The Pack improves to 7-13 (3-6 ACC), while the Terps fall to 7-12 (1-8 ACC).

    NC State started off the match strong, claiming the doubles point for the second consecutive time. Ashley Miller and Joelle Kissell defeated their first ranked opponents of the season, No. 15 Ana Belzunce and Welma Luus, by a score of 9-8 (7-4). Elisha Hande and Chloe Smith also picked up a win, topping Jordan Hansbrough and Mikele Irazustra, 8-6.

    In singles competition, No. 37 Kissell picked up her second ranked win of the day, beating No. 31 Cristina Stancu in three sets, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. Miller also scored a point in singles, defeating Vroni Van Berlo in three sets in the No. 3 position. Miller's win clinched the match for NC State.

    Nicole Martinez won her second singles match of the weekend, topping Hansbrough, 6-2, 6-0.

    NC State will return to action next weekend with a pair of road matches against Georgia Tech and Clemson to close out the regular season.

    NC State 4, #73 Maryland 3

    1. #37 Joelle Kissell (NCSU) def. #31 Cristina Stancu (MD) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
    2. Ana Belzunce (MD) def. Tatiana Illova (NCSU) 6-2, 7-5
    3. Ashley Miller (NCSU) def. Vroni Van Berlo (MD) 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2)
    4. Welma Luus (MD) def. Chloe Smith (NCSU) 6-0, 3-6, 6-0
    5. Mikele Irazusta (MD) def. Christy Sipes (NCSU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
    6. Nicole Martinez (NCSU) def. Jordan Hansbrough (MD) 6-2, 6-0
    Order of finish: 6, 4, 2, 5, 1, 3

    1. Joelle Kissell/Ashley Miller (NCSU) def. #15 Ana Belzunce/Welma Luus (MD) 9-8 (7-4)
    2. Cristina Stancu/Vroni Van Berlo (MD) def. Tatiana Illova/Nicole Martinez (NCSU) 9-8 (8-6)
    3. Elisha Hande/Chloe Smith (NCSU) def. Jordan Hansbrough/Mikele Irazusta (MD) 8-6
    Order of finish: 1, 3, 2



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