Women's Tennis Hosts Boston College, Maryland
April 12, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's tennis team will host conference opponents on back-to-back days when it welcomes Boston College and Maryland this Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14.
Both matches are scheduled to start at noon at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium.
Kelly Key Recognition:
Former NC State head women's tennis coach Kelly Key-Gaines will be recognized prior to the start of Sunday's match against Maryland. Key was named assistant coach of the men's and women's tennis teams in 1987, before becoming the head coach of the women's team from 1990 until 1995.
During her tenure at NC State, Key-Gaines finished in the top 35 in the NCAA rankings twice, coached the first Wolfpack player to reach the NCAA singles tournament, and coached two players on the ACC's 50th Anniversary team in Kylie Hunt and Jenny Garrity.
Since leaving NC State in 1995, Kelly has been the Executive Director of USTA North Carolina, and received the Mary Milam Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. She is regarded as one of the most respected executive directors in the country.
Last Time Out:
The Wolfpack closed out its final regular-season road trip with a 6-1 victory at Virginia Tech last Friday, before dropping a 5-2 decision at 18th-ranked Virginia on Sunday. Against the Hokies, NC State won the doubles point before winning five of six singles matches to grab its 11th win on the season. The Pack dropped two of three doubles matches, but picked up two singles wins in its setback to the Cavaliers.
NC State Notes:
NC State is ranked No. 44 in the latest ITA national team rankings. Junior Joelle Kissell sits at No. 50 in the singles rankings, while senior Tatiana Illova is ranked 112th overall.
The Wolfpack is a perfect 11-0 when it wins the doubles point this spring. Altogether, the team is 29-16 (.644) in dual doubles matches this season, while senior Chloe Smith and sophomore Sophie Nelson leads the Pack at 11-5.
The Pack is a combined 59-37 (.615) in dual singles matches. Smith leads the team with a 12-3 mark, while Kissell and Illova have each won 11 dual singles matches this season.
Scouting Boston College:
The Eagles enter Saturday's matchup with an 8-6 overall record and a 2-5 mark in ACC play. Boston College has lost five of its last six contests, but recorded a 4-2 upset win at Florida State last Friday. The Eagles are led by Heini Salonen who owns a 9-5 dual singles record, which includes a 6-1 ledger playing at the No. 5 spot in the lineup. B.C. also owns the nation's 72nd-ranked doubles team comprised of Jessica Wacnik and Alex Kelleher, who own an 11-3 mark at the No. 1 spot.
In what will likely be their final trip to Raleigh as a member of the ACC, the Terrapins will play at Wake Forest Thursday afternoon before its match against the Wolfpack. Entering the weekend, Maryland possesses a 5-12 overall record and is 0-7 in league play, after being on the losing end of six-straight matches.