Women's Tennis Travels to No. 9 Miami, Florida State
March 27, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's tennis team will open a four-match ACC road swing when it travels to the Sunshine State for a pair of matches against ninth-ranked Miami and Florida State.
The Wolfpack will take on the Hurricanes in Coral Gables, Fla., Thursday, Mar. 28, at noon, before heading to Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Mar. 30, for another noon tilt against the Seminoles.
Pack in the Polls:
NC State is ranked 35th in the latest ITA national team rankings, while junior Joelle Kissell jumped 28 spots to No. 35 in the singles poll after defeating UNC's fourth-ranked Gina Suarez-Malaguti in straight sets last week. Senior Tatiana Illova also joined the rankings at No. 92 after outlasting the Tar Heels' 36th-ranked Zoe De Bruycker.
Last Time Out:
The Wolfpack suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of No. 7 Duke in the last of a five-match homestand last Saturday. The Pack lost a tightly-contested doubles point, while junior Christy Sipes won her No. 6 singles match, 6-3, 6-0, to tie the match 1-1 after doubles, but the Blue Devils sealed the win with three subsequent victories on courts two, three and four.
The ninth-ranked Hurricanes enter Thursday's match with an 11-3 mark and a 2-1 standing in ACC play. Miami is led by No. 122 Clementina Riobueno and her 14-2 overall singles mark, which includes a 12-1 record in dual matches. The Hurricanes possess two other ranked players, including No. 73 Kelsey Laurente and No. 104 Stephanie Wagner. Miami also has three doubles teams ranked in the latest ITA poll, including No. 31 Lina Lilekite and Wagner, No. 63 Melissa Bolivar and Riobueno and No. 73 Laurente and Brittany Dubins.
Scouting Florida State:
The 26th-ranked Seminoles will take on Wake Forest prior to Saturday's matchup with the Wolfpack, and currently own a 9-4 overall record and a 1-1 standing in the ACC ledger. Florida State has two ranked singles players in No. 31 Daneika Borthwick and No. 109 Francesca Segarelli. Amy Sergeant leads FSU with a 20-5 overall record and an 11-2 standing in dual matches this season.