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    Women's Tennis Closes Day One at Tennessee Fall Invitational
     
    Sophomore Sophie Nelson
    Sophomore Sophie Nelson
     

    Oct. 26, 2012

    Tournament Central

    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.

    The Wolfpack notched a quality victory in doubles, as the team of junior Joelle Kissell and freshman Rachael James-Baker downed the Buckeyes’ duo of Gabby Steele and Fidan Makashirova, 8-4.

    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.


    Doubles

    Ohio State vs. NC State

    1. Kelsey Dieters/Kara Cecil, OSU, def. Sophie Nelson/Christy Sipes, NC State, 8-6
    2. Joelle Kissell/Rachael James-Baker, NC State, def. Gabby Steele/Fidan Makashirova, OSU, 8-4
    3. Kelsey Becker/Nicole Flower, OSU, def. Nicole Martinez/Elisha Hande, NC State, 9-8 (5)

    Singles
    Tennessee vs. NC State

    1. #18 Brynn Boren, UT, def. #19 Joelle Kissell, NC State, 7-5, 6-3
    2. #28 Kata Szekely, UT, def. Elisha Hande, NC State, 6-4, 6-4
    3. Caitlyn Williams, UT, def. Nicole Martinez, NC State, 6-0, 6-2
    4. Mimi Fotopoulos, UT, def. Rachael James-Baker, NC State, 6-4, 6-1
    5. Tiffany Tavares, UT, def. Christy Sipes, NC State, 6-2, 6-4
    6. Joanna Henderson, UT, def. Chloe Smith, NC State, 6-3, 6-3 

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