March 1, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State women’s tennis team will take its unblemished dual match record on the road on Saturday for its first Atlantic Coast Conference match of the 2013 season when it travels to Winston-Salem for a noon matchup against Wake Forest.
Last Time Out:
The Pack hosted a pair of non-conference matches against Winthrop and Long Beach State last weekend. The squad outlasted Winthrop, 4-3, on Feb. 22 in a battle that came down to the final singles match on court six. With the match tied 3-3, senior Chloe Smith pulled out a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 win over Tijana Uzelac to lift the Pack.
NC State (6-0) picked up its sixth-straight victory of the spring with a 6-1 triumph over No. 46 Long Beach State on Feb. 24. The Wolfpack won all three doubles matches before taking five out of six singles bouts to seal the victory.
Scouting Wake Forest:
The Demon Deacons enter Saturday’s contest 1-7 overall and 0-1 in ACC play after falling, 7-0, to top-ranked North Carolina. The team is led by Kasey Gardiner, who owns a 5-2 mark this spring while playing at the No. 2 spot in the singles lineup.
- The Wolfpack is off to its best start since the 2006 season when it opened the year 8-0 before suffering its first setback.
- The Pack has defeated the Demon Deacons in three of the last four meetings and twice in a row.
- As a team, NC State owns a 30-6 combined record in dual singles matches and boasts three singles players who have yet to drop a match.
- Junior and 52nd-ranked Joelle Kissell is 10-6 overall and 6-0 in dual singles matches this season, winning all of her contests in straight sets while playing at the No. 1 spot in the lineup.
- Chloe Smith is a perfect 6-0 in dual singles matches while playing in the No. 6 spot.
- Freshman Rachael James-Baker owns a 5-0 record in dual singles matches, winning twice in the No. 3 spot and three times at the No. 4 spot in the lineup. The Plantation, Fla., native has also clinched three matches so far this spring.
- In doubles, the Wolfpack has an impressive 15-1 mark in dual matches and has yet to drop a doubles point this season.
- Playing at the No. 3 spot in the doubles lineup, Chloe Smith and sophomore Sophie Nelson have collected a victory each time they’ve taken the court this season and hold an unblemished 6-0 record.
- Since being tripped up in their first doubles match of the season, Joelle Kissell and senior Tatiana Illova have won five straight contests and own a 5-1 record as a duo this season.