Wolfpack Hosts No. 70 Wake Forest, Travels to No. 28 Georgia Tech
March 27, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The No. 64 NC State women's tennis team will close out its five-match homestand on Friday versus No. 70 Wake Forest before embarking on a three-match road trip that begins with No. 28 Georgia Tech on Sunday, March 30.
The Wolfpack will square off versus the Demon Deacons at 2:30 p.m. at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium, weather permitting. Following that match, State will travel to Atlanta, Ga. to face the Yellow Jackets at noon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
NC State (7-6, 1-5 ACC), has faced ranked opponents in eight straight matches, including victories over No. 67 Syracuse and No. 61 Winthrop. The Wolfpack's five ACC losses have come against opponents with a combined conference record of 27-6.
Friday's match against Wake Forest will be Wolfpack Fan Appreciation Day. The first 100 fans in attendance will receive free NC State headbands, while everyone will also have the opportunity to sign up to win other prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants and stores. Pizza will also be provided, as supplies last.
NC State Notes:
JoJo Rising: NC State senior Joelle Kissell is three dual singles wins away from setting the all-time NC State school record for singles victories with 60. Kissell currently has 57, second all-time at NC State and just two behind Jenny Sell's school record of 59. She is also currently fifth on the all-time doubles wins list with 43, seven behind Lenka Hojckova's school-record of 50.
'Pack' Your Bags: The Wolfpack will close out its five-match homestand on Friday versus Wake Forest, a stretch in which State faced five ranked opponents, four of which reside in the ACC. State now embarks on a three-match road trip against No. 28 Georgia Tech, No. 1 Duke and No. 43 Boston College. Overall, the Wolfpack will play 14 straight matches versus ranked opponents from Feb. 21 to April 13.
Ashe Wednesday: Junior Elisha Hande has been chosen as one of 10 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. 70 Wake Forest:
Wake Forest enters Friday's matchup with a 10-7 record, including a 2-6 mark in ACC play.
The Demon Deacons hold a 59-47 record in dual singles play to go along with a 30-14 mark in dual doubles action.
Kasey Gardiner leads Wake Forest with 12 singles victories. Her and Xue Zhang have teamed together to produce a team-leading 11 doubles victories on the season.
The Demon Deacons are coming off a 6-1 loss on March 23 to No. 13 Miami (Fla).
Wake Forest is 2-3 on the road this year.
NC State and the Demon Deacons share eight common opponents this season (College of Charleston, Missouri, Florida State, UNC, Clemson, Winthrop, Virginia Tech and Miami). The Wolfpack holds a 3-5 record in those matches, while WFU is 2-6.
Scouting No. 28 Georgia Tech:
Georgia Tech currently holds a 7-5 record, including a 4-2 mark in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets will host No. 17 Clemson on Friday before taking on the Wolfpack on Sunday.
Georgia Tech features the nation's No. 4 ranked doubles pair of Kendal Woodward and Megan Kurey. The duo currently holds an 8-3 mark on the year.
As a team the Yellow Jackets claim a 33-33 mark in dual singles play and a 20-13 record in dual doubles action.
Georgia Tech is coming off a 7-0 loss on March 21 at No. 9 Northwestern.
The Yellow Jackets are 2-1 at home this year.
NC State and Georgia Tech share two common opponents this season - Miami and Florida State. The Wolfpack dropped both matches to the pair of Florida schools, while Georgia Tech defeated FSU, but lost to Miami.