Wolfpack Closes Out Home Slate versus No. 4 UVA & No. 26 Notre Dame
April 11, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's tennis team will close out its 2014 home schedule this weekend as it hosts No. 4 Virginia and No. 26 Notre Dame at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium.
The Wolfpack will host the Cavaliers at noon on Saturday, April 12th before welcoming the Fighting Irish on Sunday, April 13th in a match also scheduled for noon.
NC State (7-10, 1-9 ACC), has faced ranked opponents in 11 straight matches, including victories over No. 67 Syracuse and No. 61 Winthrop. Four of the Wolfpack's ACC losses have come against opponents with a combined conference record of 37-5. Moreover, of the 17 opponents State has faced this year, 15 have either been ranked at the time of the match or ranked the week following completion of the match.
This weekend marks the final two home matches for NC State's two seniors, Joelle Kissell and Christy Sipes. Prior to Sunday's match versus Notre Dame, both Kissell and Sipes will be recognized pre-match for Senior day, while NC State women's tennis alumni will also be recognized in between doubles and singles matches.
There will be a free BBQ lunch in between doubles and singles matches and giveaways featuring NC State headbands and posters.
The weekend forecast calls for a highs of 80 degrees on Saturday and 81 degrees on Sunday, with zero percent chance of rain for either day.
Due to the Rock `N Roll Raleigh Marathon & Half Marathon, scheduled for Sunday morning, Hillsborough Street near the Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium will be closed. I-440 to Western Blvd. is the suggested route to reach the stadium. A map of street closures can be found here and a list of street closures and times closed can be located here.
Scouting No. 4 Virginia:
Virginia enters Saturday's matchup with a 15-4 record, including a 9-1 mark in ACC play.
The Cavaliers hold a 73-28 record in dual singles play to go along with a 29-14 mark in dual doubles action.
Julia Elbaba and Stephanie Nauta each lead Virginia with 14 singles victories. Nauta and Rachel Epstein have teamed together to produce a team-high eight doubles victories on the season.
The Cavaliers currently have four players ranked among the ITA top 125 - No. 3 Elbaba, No. 33 Danielle Collins, No. 45 Nauta and No. 59 Rachel Pierson. Elbaba and Pierson team together to form the nation's No. 9 doubles pair.
Virginia is coming off a 5-2 victory on April 6 versus No. 15 Clemson.
The Cavaliers are 5-2 on the road this year.
Scouting No. 26 Notre Dame:
Notre Dame currently holds a 12-8 record, including a 5-6 mark in ACC play. The Fighting Irish will face Virginia Tech today before facing the Wolfpack on Sunday.
Notre Dame features the nation's No. 46 ranked singles player in Quinn Gleason and the No. 11 doubles pair of Gleason and Britney Sanders.
As a team the Irish claim a 73-42 mark in dual singles play and a 27-31 record in dual doubles action.
Gleason leads Notre Dame with 13 singles victories, while her and Sanders lead the Irish in doubles wins with 11.
Notre Dame is coming off a 7-0 win on April 6 versus Pittsburgh. The Fighting Irish have won four straight matches, all by a 7-0 margin.
Notre Dame is 2-5 on the road this year.