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    Women's Tennis Returns to Action This Weekend
     
    Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez have played from the No. 1 doubles spot in 10 of the Wolfpack's 11 matches this year.
    Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez have played from the No. 1 doubles spot in 10 of the Wolfpack's 11 matches this year.
     

    March 21, 2014

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    RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 57 NC State women’s tennis team returns to the court this weekend, after a two week break in action, to host back-to-back ACC matches versus No. 43 Florida State and No. 59 Virginia Tech.

    The Wolfpack will square off versus the Seminoles on Saturday at noon, then follow that up with a match versus the Hokies on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium, weather permitting.

    NC State (7-4, 1-3 ACC), has faced ranked opponents in six straight matches, including victories over No. 67 Syracuse and No. 61 Winthrop. The Wolfpack’s three ACC losses have come against opponents with a combined conference record of 17-1 and an overall record of 40-8.

    NC State Notes:

    JoJo Rising: NC State senior Joelle Kissell is five dual singles wins from setting the all-time school record for singles victories with 60. Kissell currently has 55, third all-time at NC State and just four behind Jenny Sell’s school record of 59.

    Home Sweet Home: NC State is 7-1 this year at home, with all seven victories coming from inside the friendly confines of the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. Dating back to last year, the Wolfpack has won 11 straight matches at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.

    Un’Pack’ Your Bags: The Wolfpack is currently in the midst of a five-match homestand that began with a 6-1 victory over No. 63 Winthrop on March 6. During the stretch, State will face five ranked opponents, four of which resides in the ACC. Overall, the Wolfpack will play 13 straight matches versus ranked opponents this season.


     

     

    Baker Street: State sophomore Rachael James-Baker boasts the most Wolfpack singles victories this year with seven, including a win over No. 82 Kelli Hine of Missouri. Overall, the Wolfpack is 36-30 in singles play as a team.

    Ashe Wednesday: Junior Elisha Hande has been chosen as one of 16 female finalists for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award as announced by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine. Hande was selected from over 600 outstanding minority student-athletes who were nominated for the prestigious honor.

    Scouting No. 43 Florida State:

    • Florida State enters Saturday's matchup with an 8-6 record, including a 3-3 mark in ACC play.

    • The Seminoles hold a 44-34 record in dual singles play to go along with a 17-14 mark in dual doubles action.

    • Daneika Borthwick and Kerrie Cartwright lead the ‘Noles with eight singles victories, while also teaming together to produce four doubles victories.

    • Florida State is coming off a 6-1 loss on March 9 to No. 25 Notre Dame.

    • The Seminoles are 1-3 on the road this year.

    • NC State and Florida State share one common opponent this season, the Syracuse Orange. The Wolfpack defeated Syracuse 4-3 while FSU dropped its match to the Orange by the score of 4-3.

    Scouting No. 59 Virginia Tech:

    • Virginia Tech enters Sunday's matchup with a 9-6 record, including a 2-4 mark in ACC play.

    • The Hokies feature one ranked player in their lineup, No. 66 Ilinca Stoica, who stands at 8-4 on the season.

    • As a team Va. Tech holds a 54-33 in dual singles play and 17-16 in dual doubles action.

    • The Hokies are coming off a 6-1 loss on March 9 to No. 11 UNC. Virginia Tech will face Wake Forest on Saturday, March 22 before taking on the Wolfpack.

    • The Seminoles are 3-2 on the road this year.

    • NC State and Va. Tech share three common opponents this season, UNC, Clemson and Syracuse. The Hokies lost to all three, while NC State defeated Syracuse 4-3.

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