Women's Tennis Falls to No. 26 Notre Dame on Senior Day
April 13, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's tennis team fell 6-1 to No. 26 Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium.
The competition was the last home match of 2014 for the Wolfpack, and the last in the career for seniors Joelle Kissell and Christy Sipes. Both Kissell and Sipes were honored prior to the match for their contributions over the past four years as part of the Senior Day festivities.
Once the match began, Notre Dame was able to clinch the initial point after taking two of the three doubles matches. Kissell and Sophie Nelson dropped an 8-5 decision to the nation's No. 11 ranked pair of Quinn Gleason and Britney Sanders in the No. 1 doubles match, while Rachael James-Baker and Liza Fieldsend fell to Jennifer Kellner and Julie Sabacinski by an 8-4 margin.
In singles, James-Baker defeated the No. 42 ranked Gleason, 7-5, 6-4, on court two to claim the Wolfpack's lone point on the day. The win marks the highest ranked singles opponent a member of the Wolfpack has defeated this year.
In the other singles matches, Kissell fell to Sanders 6-4, 7-5 at the No. 1 spot in the order, while Martinez dropped her match to Kellner 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 on court three. Elisha Hande came up short against Monica Robinson by a 6-4, 6-4 margin at the No. 4 position, while Sipes was defeated by Closs, 6-1, 6-1. Nelson, playing No. 6 singles, lost her match to Julie Vrabel 6-1, 6-3.
The Wolfpack will hit the road next weekend for its final regular season matches of the year. The team will take on Pittsburgh on Friday, April 18 at 5 p.m. before facing Maryland at noon on Sunday, April 20.