June 7, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's tennis team ended the season on a high note, making appearances in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's final singles, doubles and team polls.
As a team, the Pack concluded the year with a final ranking of No. 6 in the Carolina region. After a slow start, the program advanced to the second round of the ACC Championship for the second consecutive season, before falling to No. 2 Duke.
The program's top individual, Joelle Kissell, had a breakout sophomore year, culminating with a No. 32 national ranking. Aside from her national ranking, Kissell also ended the year ranked No. 2 in the Carolina region, trailing only Beatrice Capra of Duke.
"The highlight was Joelle being ranked second in our region," said Olsen. "Our region has a lot of strong players, and that really speaks highly of the year that Joelle achieved."
Kissell was selected to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship, and became just the second player in school history to advance to the second round of the tournament. She compiled a singles record of 16-10, and defeated nine ranked players during the season.
Kissell, along with teammate Ashley Miller, also made an appearance in the doubles poll at the end of the year. The duo concluded the season ranked No. 10 in the region, and No. 81 nationally.