May 24, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - NC State's Joelle Kissell wrapped up her strong sophomore season on Thursday, falling to No. 6 Christina Sanchez-Quintanar of Texas A&M, 6-2, 6-0, in the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship.
31st-ranked Kissell dropped the first three games of the opening set, but cut her deficit down to two with a victory in the fourth game, making the score 3-1. Sanchez-Quintanar came back and won three of the next four games to take the first set, 6-2.
Sanchez-Quintanar then pulled away in the second set, winning 6-0 to clinch the match.
Kissell compiled a singles record of 16-10 this spring. Although only in her second season, she is just two wins shy of cracking the all-time top-10 chart for overall career singles wins by an NC State women's tennis player.
An All-ACC selection this season, Kissell became just the third individual in the history of the women's tennis program to advance to the NCAA Singles Championship. Kylie Hunt made the tournament in 1994 and 1995, and Sanaa Bhambri was selected to compete in the event last season.
With her first-round victory a day ago, Kissell became only the second netter in program history to advance to the second round.