Wolfpack Wins Pair to Open 2014 Spring Season
Jan. 24, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's tennis team picked up a pair of victories to open the 2014 season on Friday, sweeping both NC Central and East Carolina by the score of 7-0 from inside the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. The Wolfpack has now won nine straight season openers, dating back to the 2006 season.
State (2-0) did not drop a set in either singles play or doubles play versus both NC Central (0-1) and East Carolina (0-2), winning the minimum of 30 sets on the day. Joelle Kissell and Elisha Hande each finished the day with four wins while Rachael James-Baker, Sophie Nelson, Nicole Martinez and Liza Fieldsend each nabbed three wins. Natalia Janowicz, Taylor Zaytoun and Christy Sipes all had one victory for the Pack.
"I was very pleased with how the team played today to start our 2014 spring schedule," NC State head coach Hans Olsen said. "We have been working very hard, focusing on the mental and physical aspects of our game, and I think today our preparation showed in the results."
The Wolfpack kicked off the tennis double header versus NC Central at 10 a.m. with three doubles matches, followed by six singles matches.
The freshmen duo of Janowicz and Fieldsend battled back from down 3-2 against Lynsey Cover and Tamara Jeremic, scoring four consecutive points to take their doubles match 6-3. Following that match, Hande and Martinez clinched the doubles point for the Wolfpack with their 6-2 victory over NCCU No. 1 doubles pair Rebecca Wood and Ekaterina Nekrasova. In the other doubles match, the Wolfpack's No. 2 team of Kissell and Nelson defeated Mia Ramic and Aissa Muamba, 6-1.
In singles play the Wolfpack took all six matches versus NCCU, taking the minimum of two sets to win each match. From the No. 1 singles spot Kissell defeated Wood 6-1, 6-1 while James-Baker was victorious over Muamba, 6-2, 6-3 from the No. 2 position. Nelson dispatched of Ekaterina Nekrasova, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3, while Hande made quick work of Ramic, 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 4 spot.
Janowicz earned the first spring singles victory of her Wolfpack career as the freshman took care of Jeremic, 6-0, 6-0 from the No. 5 position. Zaytoun closed out the day versus NCCU with a 6-0, 6-3 victory against Cover.
After a two hour break, the Wolfpack took on East Carolina at 5 p.m., following the same format as the previous match versus NC Central.
Kissell and Nelson started off the evening with a 6-0 victory over ECU's No. 2 pair of Dana Gray and Maria Storozheva, while Fieldsend and James-Baker followed by clinching the Wolfpack's doubles point with a 6-3 win over Melis Tanak and Emily Groeneveld. From there, Hande and Martinez closed out the doubles sweep, scoring five straight points to rally from a 4-1 deficit and win their match 6-4 over Michelle Castro and Nicole LaDuca.
In singles play Kissell continued her solid play, defeating Tanak 6-1, 6-0 from the top spot of the lineup. James-Baker scored five of the last six points to take the second set 6-3, after winning the first set 7-5, to take care of Castro from the No. 2 spot. Martinez, playing her first singles match of the year, had no problem with LaDuca, winning 6-0, 6-2.
Fieldsend wrapped up her four-win day with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Groeneveld while Hande and Sipes won their matches, 6-0, 6-4 and 6-2, 6-4, respectively.
For its next match, the Wolfpack will take the court against the No. 63 Missouri Tigers on Saturday, Feb. 1. First serve inside the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center is scheduled for noon.