Women's Tennis Hits the Road for Pair of Weekend Matches
Feb. 27, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's tennis team will take to the road this weekend for a pair of matches, starting on Friday, Feb. 28 at No. 15 Clemson followed by a tilt with No. 58 Georgia State on Sunday, March 2.
The Wolfpack (6-1, 1-1 ACC) will face the Tigers (8-3, 1-0 ACC) at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center in Clemson, S.C., at 2:30 p.m. on Friday before squaring off with the Eagles (4-5) on Sunday at noon at the Atlanta Athletic Club.
NC State opened conference play on Friday, Feb. 21, with a thrilling 4-3 victory over ACC newcomer Syracuse at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. Down 5-3 in the third set, Wolfpack junior Nicole Martinez won four straight points to clinch her match and the win for the Pack. State followed that up with a hard-fought loss to No. 6 UNC in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Following its weekend matches, the Wolfpack returns home to square off against Winthrop on Thursday, March 6.
NC State Notes:
Liza Fieldsend, Elisha Hande, Nicole Martinez, Rachael James-Baker, Sophie Nelson and Christy Sipes started the year a combined 33-1 in dual singles and doubles play, helping the Wolfpack win six straight matches to open the season.
The Wolfpack has won the doubles point in six of its seven matches this season. The team's No. 1 doubles tandem of Hande and Martinez have won four matches this season from the top spot in the order, while dropping just one. Joelle Kissell and Nelson hold a 5-1 ledger on the year, including four wins from the No. 2 doubles spot.
NC State has won a combined 84 sets in dual singles and doubles play this year, including a perfect 5-0 mark in first set tiebreakers for the year.
Hande (5-1) and Martinez (5-1) are a combined 10-2 in singles play this season, while the Wolfpack, as a team, is 30-12.
Scouting No. 15 Clemson:
Clemson enters Friday's matchup with an 8-3 record, including a 1-0 mark in ACC play.
The Tigers feature three singles players ranked in the ITA national singles rankings, No. 41 Yana Koroleva (7-3), No. 67 Romy Kölzer (5-3) and No. 100 Tristen Dewar (7-2).
Clemson also sports the No. 33 ranked doubles pair of Gumulya and Koroleva who are 5-1 on the year.
The Tigers hold a 32-20 record in dual singles play to go along with a 21-5 mark in dual doubles action.
Clemson is coming off a 6-1 win on Feb. 23 against No. 47 Virginia Tech in its last match.
The Tigers are 1-1 at home this year, with a loss to No. 68 Harvard in its last home contest on Feb. 21.
Scouting No. 58 Georgia State:
The No. 58 Eagles hold a 4-5 ledger on the year, with all four wins coming at home.
GSU is coming off back-to-back wins versus Kennesaw State and No. 36 Columbia last weekend.
Georgia State currently has one singles player ranked in the ITA singles national rankings, No. 11 Abigail Tere-Apisah (9-0).
Tere-Apisah and Masa Grgan form the No. 15 ranked doubles pair in the ITA rankings, having won seven of their nine matches on the year.