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    NC State Women's Tennis Hosts No. 1 UNC and No. 7 Duke
     
    Joelle Kissell
    Joelle Kissell
     

    March 20, 2013

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's tennis team will open the home portion of its ACC schedule and close out a five-match homestand when it hosts top-ranked North Carolina and seventh-ranked Duke.

    The Wolfpack will take on the Tar Heels at 4 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 21, before entertaining the Blue Devils at noon, Saturday, Mar. 23. Both matches will be played at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium.

    Last Time Out:

    The Wolfpack returned to its winning ways with a 4-3 thriller against Brown Saturday to improve its record to 10-1 on the season, after suffering its first loss of the season at the hands of VCU in a 4-2 heartbreaker last Thursday.

    Junior and 63rd-ranked Joelle Kissell  was the only NC State player to collect singles victories in both matches, one of which included a 6-3, 7-5 triumph over VCU's 91st-ranked Cindy Chala. Kissell also defeated Brown's Misia Krasowski in straight sets to lift the Wolfpack to victory against Brown.

    NC State Notes:

    NC State is off to a 10-1 start this season. The last team to start a season with that record was the 1995 team coached by Kelly Key.

    Senior Chloe Smith is a perfect 10-0 in dual singles matches this season, while playing at the No. 6 spot in the lineup.

    Kissell owns a 14-7 overall record and is 10-1 playing at the No. 1 spot in dual matches this season. The Hostetter, Pa., native has won four-straight matches.

    The Wolfpack is a combined 25-4 (.862) in dual doubles matches on the year. The squad is also 10-0 when clinching the doubles point.

    NC State's doubles team of Kissell and senior Tatiana Illova own an 8-1 mark in the No. 1 spot and are winners of eight straight, while the sophomore tandem of Nicole Martinez and Elisha Hande maintain the same record at the No. 2 spot. Smith and sophomore Sophie Nelson own a 9-2 ledger in the No. 3 position.


     

     

    Scouting North Carolina:

    UNC owns a 14-1 overall record entering Thursday's matchup with NC State. The Tar Heels are ranked No. 1 in the latest ITA poll and have held the top spot for each of the last six weeks. North Carolina is led by six ranked singles players, including No. 4 Gina Suarez Malaguti, No. 23 Whitney Kay, No. 30 Caroline Price, No. 36 Zoe De Bruycker, No. 113 Tessa Lyons and No. 123 Ashley Dai. Price leads the Tar Heels with a 13-0 record in dual matches, followed by Kay (10-0) and Dai (9-0). UNC also owns the 16th-ranked doubles team comprised of Kay and Dai, but the duo owns just a 2-5 mark in dual matches.

    Scouting Duke:

    The Blue Devils enter Saturday's matchup with a 9-3 record on the year, but have lost two of their last three matches. Duke is led by No. 16 Hanna Mar, No. 35 Ester Goldfeld, No. 84 Marianne Jodoin and No. 88 Mary Clayton. Jodoin is a team-best 23-6 overall, 11-0 in dual singles matches and is currently riding a 17-match winning streak. The Blue Devils also own the 11th-ranked doubles team, comprised of Clayton and Goldfeld. The duo is 9-2 overall and 7-2 in dual matches while playing in the No. 1 spot.

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