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    No. 19 Kissell Advances in Riviera/ITA Back Draw
    Junior Joelle Kissell has three wins vs. ranked opponents this fall
    Junior Joelle Kissell has three wins vs. ranked opponents this fall

    Oct. 5, 2012

    Main Draw Consolation Bracket

    PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – NC State junior and 19th-ranked Joelle Kissell bounced back from a tough outing in Thursday’s first round, to notch a walkover victory, followed by a three-set triumph over Texas A&M’s Cristina Stancu in the main draw’s singles consolation bracket on Friday at the 2012 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.

    Kissell was scheduled to meet Michigan’s ninth-ranked Emina Bektas in the first round of the back draw, but Bektas withdrew due to injury, advancing Kissell to the draw’s quarterfinals.

    Perhaps the Hostetter, Pa., native had a small advantage after not having to play a first round match, while Stancu, the nation’s 17th-ranked singles player, entered the quarterfinal match after grinding out a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win shortly before the quarterfinal match.

    Stancu clinched the first set, 6-3, but Kissell would not be denied, as she stormed back to win the second set by the same count and force a third and decisive set. With the frame knotted-up at five-all, Kissell willed her way to take the final two games and punch a ticket to Saturday’s consolation semifinals.

    Kissell will have her hands full again on Saturday, Oct. 6, when she takes on Alabama’s 10th-ranked Mary Anne Macfarlane, who picked up back-to-back, straight-set victories on Friday. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.



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