Kissell Sets All-Time Singles Record, Pack Defeats Pitt
April 18, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Playing less than 40 miles from her hometown of Hostetter, Pa., Wolfpack senior Joelle Kissell set the new all-time NC State women's tennis dual singles record on Friday night with her 6-2, 6-4 win over Audrey Ann Blakely, highlighting a 6-1 victory for the Wolfpack over the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Kissell's mark of 60 dual singles wins eclipses Jenny Sell's mark of 59 set in 1992 for the most all-time in NC State women's tennis history. Kissell, a two-time All-ACC selection, NCAA Singles Championship selection and ACC All-Academic Team selection, also ranks fourth all-time at State in career dual doubles victories with 44.
Kissell's singles victory was one of five on the day for the Pack, as State picked up its first ACC road win of the year.
Liza Fieldsend, playing No. 5 singles, clinched the victory for the Wolfpack with her 6-3, 6-2 win over Kimmy Borza.
Sophie Nelson was victorious over Amanda Wickman 6-2, 6-2 on court six to earn the first singles win of the day for State, while Rachael James-Baker picked up her team-leading 11th singles win of the year with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Taylor Washington at No. 2 singles.
Elisha Hande won her eighth singles match of the year by outlasting Katherine Castro in three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3) on court four.
In the final singles match of the day, Nicole Martinez fell in three sets to Lolade Ogungbesan 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 on court three.
In doubles play, Martinez and Hande got the Pack off to a great start, clinching the point for the Pack with an 8-6 victory over Wickman and Castro at No. 3 doubles. Fieldsend and James-Baker won State's other match, 8-2 against Jocelyn Lu and Ogungbesan to register their team-leading ninth doubles win on the year.
The Wolfpack will conclude the regular season at Maryland on Sunday, April 20. First serve is set for noon.