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    Wolfpack Women's Tennis Travels to USF
    Tatiana Illova
    Tatiana Illova

    March 5, 2013

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The undefeated NC State women's tennis team will travel to Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, Mar. 6, to face the University of South Florida. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m.

    The Wolfpack (7-0) is off to its best start since the team began the 2006 season with a program-best 8-0 record.

    Last Time Out:

    The Pack picked up its first ACC victory of the season in a 5-2 decision at Wake Forest last Saturday afternoon. NC State won all three doubles matches, before taking four of six singles bouts to win the match. The Wolfpack has not lost the doubles point in a match this season, and freshman Rachael James-Baker clinched the overall match for the fourth time this season with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win at No. 4 singles.

    Scouting USF:

    The Bulls enter Wednesday's contest with a 5-4 record after having its four-match win streak snapped at Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday. The squad is led by 78th-ranked Katie Vasenina who owns a 4-4 mark at No. 1 singles. USF escaped with a 4-3 victory over NC State in last year’s meeting in Raleigh.

    Match Notes:

    • NC State is a combined 34-8 (.810) in dual singles play this season.
    • Senior Chloe Smith is a perfect 7-0 playing in the No. 6 spot, while junior and 52nd-ranked Joelle Kissell, senior Tatiana Illova and sophomore Elisha Hande all own 6-1 marks this spring.
    • With her 6-2, 6-4 win over Wake Forest’s Andrea Retolaza, Hande earned her team-leading 15th singles victory of the season.
    • The Wolfpack has used the same doubles lineup in all seven dual matches this year, which is comprised of Kissell and Illova at the No. 1 spot in the lineup, Hande and sophomore Nicole Martinez at No. 2 and Smith and sophomore Sophie Nelson at No. 3.
    • The Pack owns an 18-1 ledger in dual doubles matches, while Smith and Nelson hold a team-best 7-0 record as a duo at the No. 3 spot in the lineup.



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