Women's Tennis Hosts Season Opener on Friday
Jan. 23, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 47 NC State women's tennis team will open its 2014 season on Friday, Jan. 24, when it hosts both NC Central and East Carolina inside the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. The Wolfpack will kick things off versus NCCU at 10 a.m., before taking on ECU later in the day at 5 p.m.
NC State head coach Hans Olsen enters his 13th season at the helm of the Wolfpack, looking to build upon last year's NCAA Tournament appearance, the fifth of his illustrious Wolfpack career. Last season, State recorded the best start in program history with a 9-0 record. The squad went on to win 14 total matches and was selected to the NCAA Championship for the second time in three years.
"I am very excited for the team to get a chance to compete on Friday," Olsen said. "We have been working very hard and are looking forward to hosting both NC Central and East Carolina. The process of getting ourselves prepared both mentally and physically has been going very well. I appreciate the effort each of our players are giving to improve as a team and am looking forward to getting the season underway."
Senior Joelle Kissell starts the year needing just 10 singles victories in order to eclipse Jenny Sell's all-time NC State record of 59 singles wins. Kissell, the two-time All-ACC selection from Hostetter, Pa. has 77 career singles victories overall during her career, combining both spring and fall action. On the doubles side, Kissell has 33 victories placing her 15th on the program's all-time list. If Kissell reaches her career average of 11 doubles wins per season it would give her 44 victories, placing her in a tie for fourth-place all-time.
Christy Sipes enters her senior year with 41 combined fall and spring singles victories while juniors Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez have 19 wins as the Wolfpack's top doubles team entering the year. Rachael James-Baker returns for her sophomore season after winning 13 singles matches last season for the Pack.
Junior Sophie Nelson heads into 2014 after totaling a team-high 14 doubles victories last season, while Raleigh native Taylor Zaytoun enters her sophomore year primed to improve upon last season's rookie campaign.
The Wolfpack's meeting with North Carolina Central will be its first in school history, while State is 21-0 all-time versus East Carolina.
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