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    NC State Closes Fall with Strong Showing
     
    Sandhya Nagaraj
    Sandhya Nagaraj
     

    Nov. 7, 2010

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - NC State women's tennis went 12-1 in singles play against Tennessee and Furman Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C. on the final day of the Wake Forest Invitational, their final tournament of the fall.

    The Wolfpack swept six matches against Southeastern conference opponent Tennessee to open the day and took six of seven matches against Furman in the afternoon.

    Sandhya Nagaraj scored two victories on the day, defeating Tennessee's top player Rosalia Alda 6-4, 6-2 before dropping Furman's second-seeded Katherine Oudin 6-4, 6-1.

    Sanaa Bhambri knocked off Tennessee's Millie Nichols 6-4, 6-4, but fell to Furman's top-ranked Monica Arguello 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, the Pack's only defeat Sunday.

    Tana Illova triumphed over Whitney Wofford of Tennessee 6-1, 6-4 in her only match of the day.

    Joelle Kissell added two more wins to her weekend by defeating Tennessee's Kata Szekely 6-4, 7-6 (6-4) and Margaret Boyette of Furman 6-4, 6-1.

    In her only match of the day, Lenka Hojckova bested Furman's Amanda Murray 2-6, 6-4, 10-5. Chloe Smith won her only match against Furman's Jenny Porter 6-4, 6-3.

    Ashley Miller picked up a pair of wins over two Furman players, Olivia Maurice 6-2, 6-1 and Michele Stanford 6-3, 6-2.

    Christy Sipes added two wins to the Wolfpack's total, beating Kayla McMurray of Tennessee 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 and Furman's Maurice 6-0, 6-3.

     

     

    The Wolfpack concluded the Wake Forest Invitational winning 19 of 20 singles matches and compiling a 6-3 record in doubles play.

    "We challenged the team to play this tournament with some fight," said NC State head coach Hans Olsen, "and they did a great job with that. We tried to use our adversity to become the kind of team that we want to be, and I think they used that experience to do a good job finishing out the fall."

    The Wake Forest Invitational marks the end of the Wolfpack's fall season. NC State will return to the court January 22 with their first home match of the season as they host Charleston Southern at noon.

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