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    Women's Tennis Closes Regular Season; Hosts Clemson, Georgia Tech
     
    Tatiana Illova
    Tatiana Illova
     

    April 19, 2013

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - Winners in three of its last four matches, the NC State women's tennis team will put a close to its regular season when it hosts Clemson Saturday, April 20 at noon, and Georgia Tech on Sunday, April 21 at 1 p.m.

    Sunday's contest against the Yellow Jackets will be Senior Day, where the Wolfpack will recognize Chloe Smith and Tatiana Illova for their contributions to the program in their final home match at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium.

    NC State Notes:

    • NC State is ranked No. 44 according to the latest ITA national team rankings. Junior Joelle Kissell is listed at No. 46 in the singles poll, while senior Tatiana Illova sits at No. 115.
    • Senior Chloe Smith and freshman Rachael James-Baker have both won their last four singles matches. Smith is 14-3 in dual singles and 5-3 in ACC play this sea­son, while James-Baker is 11-7 in dual matches and 5-4 in conference play.
    • The Wolfpack is undefeated at 13-0 when it wins the doubles point in dual matches this season. The team’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Kissell and Illova has won each of their last three contests and owns an 11-5 mark on the season.
    • With their singles wins in NC State’s 7-0 win over Maryland last Sunday, Kissell and Illova continued their climb through the record books in dual match wins. Kis­sell is now tied for third all-time with 48 wins, while Illova is tied for eighth with 41. A win by Kissell would pass Blair Sutton (1995-98), while an Illova victory can leap Marissa Gildemeister (1997-00).

    Scouting Clemson:

    The Tigers enter Saturday's matchup as the 13th-ranked team in the country. Clemson (12-6, 7-2 ACC) is led by three ranked singles players in No. 18 Yana Koroleva, No., 27 Anne-Liz Jeukeng and No. 35 Beatrice Gumulaya. Jeukeng is a perfect 9-0 in conference play and has won eight-straight matches, while Gumulaya leads the squad with a 20-4 overall record and 7-1 ACC mark.

    Scouting Georgia Tech:

    The Yellow Jackets are ranked 23rd in the latest ITA team rankings with an 11-8 overall mark and a 5-4 ACC ledger. The squad owns two ranked singles players in No. 86 Elizabeth Kilborn and No. 98 Kendal Woodard. Georgia Tech possesses a ranked doubles pair in Woodard and Megan Kurey, who hold a No. 57 ranking. Woodard has been impressive as of late, winning each of her last five matches to pad her 11-5 dual singles record on the year.


     

     

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