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    Women's Tennis Hits the Road to Close Out Regular Season
    Rachael James-Baker leads the Wolfpack with 10 dual singles wins on the year, including two wins versus ranked opponents.
    Rachael James-Baker leads the Wolfpack with 10 dual singles wins on the year, including two wins versus ranked opponents.

    April 17, 2014

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    RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State women’s tennis team will hit the road this weekend for its final two regular season matches of the year against the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Maryland Terrapins.

    The Wolfpack will take on the Panthers on Friday, April 18 at 5 p.m. at Alpha Tennis and Fitness of Pittsburgh in the first ever meeting between the two schools, before heading to College Park, Md. to face Maryland on Sunday, April 20 at noon at the Tennis Center at College Park.

    Following the conclusion to the regular season, State will ready for the ACC Women's Tennis Tournament set to begin on Thursday, April 24 in Cary, N.C. The Wolfpack's first round opponent is still to be determined.

    Pack Notes:

    • Wolfpack senior Joelle Kissell is currently tied with Jenny Sell for the all-time NC State career record of 59 dual singles victories. The Hostetter, Pa. native, who will be playing less than 40 miles from her hometown for Friday's match against Pittsburgh, will set a new standard at NC State with her next singles victory.

    • When NC State (7-12, 1-11 ACC) faces Pittsburgh on Friday, it will end a streak in which the Wolfpack faced ranked opponents in 14 straight matches. All told, NC State has faced a ranked opponent in 17 of the 19 matches it has played this year.

    Rachael James-Baker leads the Wolfpack with 10 singles victories on the year, including a win over No. 44 Quinn Gleason of Notre Dame in her last match. The win over Gleason marks the highest ranked player NC State has defeated this year in singles play.



    Scouting Pittsburgh:

    • Pittsburgh enters Saturday's matchup with a 4-13 record, including a 0-13 mark in ACC play.

    • The Panthers hold a 31-70 record in dual singles play to go along with a 14-31 mark in dual doubles action.

    • Audrey Ann Blakely leads Pittsburgh with seven singles victories. Blakely and Amanda Wickman have teamed together to produce a team-high four doubles victories on the season.

    • The Panthers are coming off a 5-2 loss on April 13 versus No. 45 Florida State.

    • Pittsburgh is 4-6 at home this year.

    Scouting Maryland:

    • Maryland currently holds a 7-11 record, including a 3-9 mark in ACC play. The Terps will face Boston College on Saturday before facing the Wolfpack on Sunday.

    • As a team, Maryland claims a 30-68 mark in dual singles play and a 21-20 record in dual doubles action.

    • Nataliya Bredikhina leads the Terps with nine singles victories, while her and her sister Olga have paired tougher for a team-high eight doubles wins on the year.

    • Maryland is coming off a 6-1 loss on April 13 versus UNC.

    • The Terps are 3-5 at home this year.

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