Women's Tennis Falls to Virginia Tech in ACC Tournament
April 23, 2014
CARY, N.C. - The NC State women's tennis team fell to No. 11 seed Virginia Tech 4-3 in the first round of the ACC Tournament at the Cary (N.C.) Tennis Park. The Wolfpack concludes its 2014 season at 8-14 (2-12 ACC).
Senior Joelle Kissell, playing in her final match for NC State, won 6-2, 6-2 over No. 80 Illinca Stoica at No. 1 singles to bring her all-time school record to 62 total career singles wins. She also teamed with Sophie Nelson to win her 45th career doubles match, which places her fourth all-time at State.
"It was a great performance from our team today and I'm proud of how our girls fought all year long," NC State head coach Hans Olsen said. "We played hard, stayed sharp with our mental focus and our positive energy and played some solid tennis throughout the day. Give credit to Virginia Tech, but I'm very proud of how our team performed today and the way they closed the season with solid performances."
The No. 14 seed Wolfpack opened the day strong, taking the doubles point for the second time this season against the Hokies. Kissell and Nelson won their match 8-4 at No. 1 doubles, while Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez defeated Francesca Fusinato and Sansitha Nandakumar 8-5 on court three to secure the point and put the Pack up 1-0.
From there, Kissell defeated Stoica 6-2, 6-2 to open singles play and put State up 2-0. Hande followed with a 6-1, 6-3 loss at No. 3 singles to Kelly Williford, while Nelson dropped her match to Sansitha Nandakumar, 6-2, 6-4 on court six to even the score at 2-2.
Liza Fieldsend fell to Isel Martinez-Marcos, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 5 singles to put the score of the match 3-2 in favor of the Hokies, before Rachael James-Baker won a hard-fought 6-1, 6-7, 6-2 decision over Francesca Fusinato to tie the match at 3-3.
Martinez came up short in No. 4 singles 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 to Raluca Mita in the final match of the day to clinch the match for Virginia Tech.