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    Junior Joelle Kissell is ranked 19th in the ITA Preseason Rankings
    Junior Joelle Kissell is ranked 19th in the ITA Preseason Rankings

    Sept. 21, 2012

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    ATLANTA – In their first action of the fall season, the NC State women’s tennis team competed in the Southern Shootout on Friday at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center. The Wolfpack responded from a tough day in doubles play to split their eight singles matches.

    The day began with doubles play, as Georgia Tech’s duo of Elizabeth Kilborn and Kendal Woodard downed NC State’s unit comprised of junior Joelle Kissell and freshman Rachael James-Baker, 8-2, in the Panther Flight. The Yellow Jackets grabbed another victory in the Pounce Flight, as Alex Anghelescu and Jasmine Minor defeated sophomore Elisha Hande and senior Chloe Smith, 8-5.

    NC State couldn’t turn the tide in the Blue Flight, as two Georgia State duos outlasted the Wolfpack. Sophomores Sophie Nelson and Nicole Martinez lost a hard-fought 8-6 decision to Whitney Byrd and Jocelyn Ffriend, while junior Christy Sipes and freshman Taylor Zaytoun fell 8-4 at the hands of Linn Timmermann and Chaimaa Roudami.

    The Wolfpack would redeem itself in singles play, however.

    The 19th-ranked Kissell played in arguably the day’s most intriguing matchup against 23rd-ranked and 2012 All-America selection Abigail Tere-Apisah of host Georgia State. Kissell, an All-ACC choice last season, accepted the challenge and fought her way to a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Tere-Apisah in the Peachtree Flight.

    Sipes also notched a solid win in her singles bout, claiming a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Georgia State’s Masa Grgan in the Centennial Olympic Flight, while Nelson and Zaytoun were winners in the Phoenix Flight. Nelson eased past Georgia State’s Phoebe Chiem, 6-2, 6-3, as Zaytoun battled her way to a 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (8) win over Megan Nelms of Georgia State.

    In the Piedmont flight, Smith couldn’t break through Georgia State’s Natallia Vavulina, as Vavulina picked up a 6-4, 7-5 win. James-Baker, playing in her first collegiate singles match for NC State, cruised to a 6-1 first-set victory, but could not hold the advantage as Roudami took the final two sets, 6-1, 7-6 (5) to win the match.

    Martinez, playing against Timmermann in the Rialto Flight, fell 6-1, 6-1, while Hande was unable to survive a second-set tie-break against Ffriend, and eventually fell, 6-2, 7-6 (9), in the Phoenix Flight.

    Play will resume Saturday, Sept. 22, with doubles at 9 a.m., followed by singles at 10 a.m. See the tournament draw for tomorrow and Sunday’s scheduled matchups.



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