Women's Tennis Set to Open ACC Play This Weekend
Feb. 20, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 46 NC State women's tennis team will open Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend, hosting the Syracuse Orange on Friday, Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. before traveling to Chapel Hill, N.C. to tangle with No. 6 UNC on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
The Wolfpack will welcome ACC newcomers Syracuse to the Curtis & Jaqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium on Friday (weather permitting), for the Orange's first conference match as an official member of the ACC. Syracuse comes into the meeting carrying an 0-5 record while State stands at a perfect 5-0 on the season.
Following Friday's tilt, NC State will head to Chapel Hill to take part in the USTA's College MatchDay women's match of the week. The NCSU vs. UNC match is one of 10 matches this season selected by the USTA to highlight marquee team dual matchups featuring the best programs, players and coaches from around the country.
"I am very pleased to be a part of College MatchDay," NC State head coach Hans Olsen said. "This is great exposure for our program and a chance for us to showcase what Wolfpack tennis is all about."
For Friday's match versus Syracuse, fans are urged to park in the West Deck, which can be accessed off of Varsity Drive. Free t-shirts will also be handed out to the University Club members in attendance, as part of University Club Day on Friday at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.
NC State Notes:
NC State is ranked No. 46 according to the latest ITA national team rankings, and enters ACC play undefeated for the second straight year.
The Wolfpack carries a 27-3 combined dual singles record and a 13-1 combined dual doubles record into this weekend's matches. Liza Fieldsend, Elisha Hande, Nicole Martinez, Rachael James-Baker and Sophie Nelson are a combined 32-0 on the year in dual singles and doubles play.
With her 6-2, 6-1 singles win last Sunday over Kelly Kambourelis of the College of Charleston, Wolfpack senior Joelle Kissell is now seven singles victories away from setting the all-time NC State record for career singles wins with 60.
The Wolfpack has won the doubles point in all five matches this season. The team's No. 1 doubles tandem of Hande and Martinez have won each of their four matches this season from the top spot in the order, while Kissell and Nelson hold a 5-0 ledger on the year, including four wins from the No. 2 doubles spot.
NC State has won a combined 72 sets in dual singles and doubles play while dropping just 10 sets on the season. The Wolfpack also holds a perfect 3-0 mark in first set tiebreakers for the year.
The Orange enter Friday's matchup with an 0-5 record, having played all five of its matches on the road to start the 2014 season.
Syracuse sports a 3-22 record in dual singles play to go along with a 3-9 mark in dual doubles action.
Syracuse is coming off a 6-1 loss on Feb. 9 to No. 67 Harvard in its last match.
This will be the first time NC State and Syracuse have ever met on the tennis courts.
The No. 6 Tar Heels hold an 8-2 ledger on the year and will host Boston College on Friday before its match with NC State on Sunday.
UNC currently has three singles players who are ranked by the ITA national singles rankings, including No. 1 Jamie Loeb, No. 67 Caroline Price and No. 106 Ashley Dai.
The Tar Heels sport a 22-14 mark in dual singles play and a 14-3 ledger in dual doubles play. Loeb is 7-1 in singles play while Price is 5-1. Dai currently holds a 1-5 singles record on the year.
Whitney Kay and Caroline Price lead the Tar Heels in doubles action with a 5-1 mark from the No. 1 spot in the order. Loeb and Hayley Carter are 6-0 from the No. 2 doubles position.