Wolfpack Finish Day Two at Southern Shootout
Sept. 22, 2012
ATLANTA – After a successful singles performance on day one, the NC State women’s tennis team completed the second day of the Southern Shootout on Saturday.
The day began with doubles play, as the duo of sophomore Elisha Hande and senior Chloe Smith picked up a hard-fought 9-7 victory over South Florida’s Paula Montoya and Kate Parker in the Pounce Flight. Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, sophomores Sophie Nelson and Nicole Martinez were ousted, 8-2, by Georgia State’s tandem of Linn Timmerman and Chaimaa Roudami, while junior Christy Sipes and freshman Taylor Zaytoun fell, 8-3, to Georgia State’s Phoebe Chiem and Megan Nelms in the Blue Flight.
NC State notched a couple impressive singles victories, as Hande outlasted Chiem, 6-0, 6-2, in the Phoenix Flight, while Martinez cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Georgia State’s Maryna Kozachenko in the Rialto Flight.
Sipes dropped a 6-2, 6-1 decision to Georgia Tech’s Kendal Woodard in the Centennial Olympic Flight, while Zaytoun, playing in the Phoenix Flight, was unable to figure out Georgia State’s Jocelyn Ffriend and fell 6-4, 6-3.
Smith, playing in the Piedmont Flight, lost the first set of her match to Georgia Tech’s Jasmine Minor, but responded with a 6-3 win in the second set to force a decisive third frame. Minor proved to be too strong in the final set with a 6-2 advantage to win the match.
Junior Joelle Kissell, ranked No. 19 nationally, took on 94th-ranked Elizabeth Kilborn of Georgia Tech in the Peachtree Flight, but could not pick up her second win over a ranked opponent in as many days, and was downed, 6-2, 6-4. Kissell defeated 23rd-ranked and 2012 All-America selection Abigail Tere-Apisah of Georgia State on Friday.
The Southern Shootout will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 23, with the final round of doubles matches at 9 a.m., followed by singles play shortly thereafter.