No. 32 Wolfpack Tennis Heads to No. 47 Arkansas
PACK HOT TO OPEN SPRING SEASON: The No. 32 Wolfpack women’s tennis team got off to a quick start so far in 2007, winning its opening two matches by taking 11 of the 12 singles matchups and five of the six doubles matches in wins over Gardner-Webb (6-1) and UNC-W (7-0). NC State (2-0 overall, 0-0 ACC) will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. on Saturday, January 27 to take on the No. 47 Arkansas Razorbacks.
PETROVIC RANKED NO. 43 IN ITA: Freshman Daria Petrovic has earned a preseason spring ranking of No. 43 after her play this fall for the Wolfpack. The No. 43 Petrovic won her only singles match of the spring so far after posting a 10-4 mark in the fall.
FOUR PLAYERS START SEASON AT 2-0 IN SINGLES: Four Wolfpack netters have started the spring with 2-0 records in singles in the first two matches. Niels Barringer (wins at No. 3 and No. 5 singles), Berkley Brock (No. 1 and No. 2 singles), Kate Green (No. 5 and No. 6 singles) and Catherine Grotz (No. 3 and No. 4 singles) have accomplished a perfect start to their seasons. Overall (including fall singles), NC State has won 85 matches this season to just 42 losses, a 67% winning percentage.
OLSEN INDUCTED INTO BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE HALL OF FAME: NC State women’s tennis head coach Hans Olsen was inducted into the Big South Conference Hall of Fame on Friday, May 19, during a ceremony held in Hilton Head, S.C. Prior to joining the Pack, Olsen played men’s tennis at Charleston Southern from 1989-92 before serving as a coach at his alma mater from 1997-2001. The event marks the second time that Olsen has been enshrined in a hall of fame, having been induced into the Charleston Southern University Athletics Hall of Fame in October of 20.
17 WINS BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD: The Pack’s 17 wins last season broke the program’s all-time record for most victories overall in a single season. The 1998 team recorded 16 bragging rights, five in ACC play. NC State surpassed that mark with a 4-3 win over William & Mary in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
PACK GRABS FIRST NCAA TOURNAMENT WIN IN SCHOOL HISTORY: With No. 37 NC State and No. 24 William & Mary tied at 3-3 in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, senior Nandita Chandrasekar found herself in the middle of a dogfight for a ticket to the second round. After dropping the first set to Klaudyna Kasztelaniec, Chandrasekar stormed back to collect the final two frames and hand the Wolfpack women’s tennis program its first ever NCAA Tournament win, 4-3.
EIGHT WINS OVER RANKED SQUADS: NC State downed eight nationally ranked teams last season; No. 25 Florida International, No. 64 Marshall, No. 64 Florida State, No. 33 Virginia, No. 66 Virginia Tech, No. 65 Boston College, No. 29 Maryland and No. 24 William & Mary.