Women's Tennis Closes Day One at Tennessee Fall Invitational
Oct. 26, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The NC State women’s tennis team completed its first day at the University of Tennessee Fall Invitational Friday, as the Pack took on three doubles teams from Ohio State, in addition to facing Tennessee in a series of singles matches.
Unfortunately, NC State’s two other doubles teams pitted against Ohio State tandems were unable to pick of victories, as sophomore Sophie Nelson and junior Christy Sipes were defeated, 8-6, by Kelsey Dieters and Kara Cecil, while sophomore Nicole Martinez and Elisha Hande dropped a hard-fought, 9-8 (5), decision to Kelly Becker and Nicole Flower.
The Wolfpack met the Volunteers in six non-dual singles matches, including a showdown between two of the nation’s top 20 players. Kissell, ranked 19th in the preseason ITA singles poll, met 18th-ranked Brynn Boren, but Boren would get the upper hand in the battle, grabbing a 7-5, 6-3 victory.
Hande also faced a highly-ranked opponent in No. 28 Kata Szekely, and despite a strong effort, fell in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Martinez was downed, 6-0, 6-2, by Caitlyn Williams, James-Baker, 6-4, 6-1, at the hands of Mimi Fotopoulos, Sipes, 6-2, 6-4, by Tiffany Tavares, and senior Chloe Smith was outlasted, 6-3, 6-3, by Joanna Henderson.
NC State will look to rebound on day two, Saturday, as the Pack will square off with singles matches against Kentucky at 10 a.m., followed by a trio of doubles matches versus Tennessee at 1 p.m.
Ohio State vs. NC State
1. Kelsey Dieters/Kara Cecil, OSU, def. Sophie Nelson/Christy Sipes, NC State, 8-6