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    Women's Tennis Hits the Road for Pair of Weekend Matches
    Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez are combined 10-2 in singles play this season and 5-1 as a doubles pair.
    Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez are combined 10-2 in singles play this season and 5-1 as a doubles pair.

    Feb. 27, 2014

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    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.

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