NC State Women's Tennis Blanks Maryland, 7-0
April 14, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - In what was likely Maryland's final trip to Raleigh as a member of the ACC, the NC State women's tennis team won all three doubles matches and did not drop one set in singles play en route to defeating the Terrapins, 7-0, Sunday afternoon at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium.
"It's been a great week and the team worked really hard," Olsen said. "The team had great enthusiasm yesterday and today. It was contagious throughout the team. I thought they did a great job."
The Wolfpack got off to a fast start in doubles play as the duo of senior Tatiana Illova and junior Joelle Kissell pushed its record to 11-5 on the season and won its third straight match with an 8-4 victory over Vroni Van Berlo and Sarah Gealer in the No. 1 spot.
Playing at the No. 2 spot, the Pack's sophomore tandem of Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez defeated Maryland's (5-13, 0-8 ACC) sisterly duo of Olga and Nataliya Bredikhina, 8-4, to clinch the doubles point and give the Pack a 1-0 lead in the overall match.
With the win, Hande and Martinez improved to 12-6 overall and 11-4 in dual matches.
Senior Chloe Smith and sophomore Sophie Nelson completed the doubles sweep with an 8-5 win over Olga Gaistruk and Gabriela Srodowski in the No. 3 spot, while improving their mark to 12-6 on the season.
"In doubles, we've been working to be more aggressive with balls in the air, and I thought we did a good job of that today," Olsen said.
NC State (13-6, 4-5 ACC) has not lost a match when it wins the doubles point and owns a perfect 13-0 record on those occasions.
Singles play began with Illova, the nation's 112th-ranked player, cruising to a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Gealer in the No. 2 spot, and improving her record to 13-5 on the season.
Kissell, ranked No. 50 in the country and playing at the No. 1 spot, pushed the Wolfpack lead to 3-0 over the Terrapins when she downed Van Berlo, 6-4, 6-3, running her mark to 17-10 overall and 13-4 in dual singles matches this spring.
"I was just focusing on playing every point and not giving very many loose points," Kissell said. "When I was more relaxed I was able to be freer and go for my shots. It was a good match."
Playing in the No. 3 spot for just the second time this season and in back-to-back days, Smith clinched the overall match with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Nataliya Bredikhina. The Naples, Fla., native recorded her fourth-straight win and moved her record to 14-3 in dual singles play on the 2013 campaign.
Freshman Rachael James-Baker also picked up her fourth win in a row with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Gaistruk at the No. 4 spot to push NC State's lead to 5-0 over the Terrapins. James-Baker is now 11-7 in dual singles play and 5-4 in ACC matches this spring.
Martinez muscled out a win of her own on court six, where the Quito, Ecuador native outlasted Srodowski, 7-5, 7-5, before Hande took down Olga Bredikhina, 6-3, 7-5, on court five to complete the Pack's shutout of the Terps.
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