No. 70 NC State Continues Road Swing
April 3, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 70 NC State women’s tennis team continues its three-match road swing this weekend with a pair of matches against No. 1 Duke and No. 51 Boston College.
The Wolfpack will take on the Blue Devils on Friday, April 4 at 3 p.m. at Ambler Tennis Stadium in Durham, N.C. before heading to Dedham, Mass. to face BC on Sunday, April 6 at the Dedham Health & Athletic Complex at 5 p.m.
In State’s last match versus No. 28 Georgia Tech, Wolfpack senior Joelle Kissell tied Jenny Sell's all-time NC State career record of 59 dual singles victories with her 6-0, 6-4 win over Kendal Woodward in No. 1 singles. Kissell has now won four straight matches, all in ACC play, and will set a new all-time NC State record with her next singles win.
NC State (7-8, 1-7 ACC), has faced ranked opponents in ten straight matches, including victories over No. 67 Syracuse and No. 61 Winthrop. Four of the Wolfpack's seven ACC losses have come against opponents with a combined conference record of 29-4.
NC State Notes:
• Dynamic Duo: Joelle Kissell and Sophie Nelson currently lead the Wolfpack with nine doubles wins on the year. The duo holds the highest winning percentage (.750) on the squad, relative to doubles or singles play. Moreover, Kissell is currently tied for fourth on the all-time doubles wins list with 44 victories, six behind Lenka Hojckova's school-record of 50.
• Baker Street: Rachael James-Baker is currently tied with Kissell for the team lead in dual singles victories with nine. James-Baker, who has won two straight matches, holds one of two victories over ranked opponents for the Wolfpack in singles play this season, a 6-4, 6-3 win over then No. 82 Kelli Hine of Missouri.
• 'Pack' Your Bags: The Wolfpack is currently in the midst of a three-match road trip that began on Sunday, March 30 at No. 28 Georgia Tech and will continue this weekend with No. 1 Duke and No. 51 Boston College. Overall, the Wolfpack will play 14 straight matches versus ranked opponents from Feb. 21 to April 13, including six on the road.
• 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. 1 Duke:
• Duke enters Friday's matchup with an 18-1 record, including an 8-1 mark in ACC play.
• The Blue Devils hold a 81-24 record in dual singles play to go along with a 33-6 mark in dual doubles action.
• Duke has four players ranked in the ITA Division I singles rankings: No. 5 Beatrice Capra, No. 24 Esther Goldfeld, No. 31 Hanna Mar and No. 89 Alyssa Smith. Goldfeld leads the Blue Devils with 14 singles victories.
• Capra and Mar, the nation’s No. 6 ranked doubles duo, have teamed together to produce a team-leading eight doubles wins. Goldfeld and Smith, ranked No. 24 are second with seven wins.
• The Demon Deacons are coming off a 6-1 road win versus Pittsburgh on March 30.
• The Blue Devils are 9-0 at home this season.
Scouting No. 51 Boston College:
• Boston College currently holds a 10-7 record, including a 2-5 mark in ACC play. The Eagles will host No. 59 Wake Forest on Friday before taking on the Wolfpack on Sunday.
• Boston College is coming off a 6-1 loss on March 30 versus No. 17 Clemson.
• The Eagles are 6-3 at home this year.