WTEN: NC State Defeats Charleston Southern, 6-1
Posted February 8
Raleigh, N.C. — The No. 47 NC State women's tennis team ran its record to 4-0 on the season with a 6-1 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. The Wolfpack defeated the Buccaneers before a packed house that included 63 Abilities Tennis Athletes and 40 volunteers as part of Abilities Tennis Day at NC State.
"What a special day," NC State head coach Hans Olsen said. "We were hoping today would be really good, and it turned out to be great. Thank you to Charleston Southern for participating.
Thank you to Executive Director of the Abilities Tennis Association, Kirstie Marx for all the work that she did for this event. I love the effort, the hustle and the enthusiasm these athletes bring. Every time they are in this building it brings an amazing energy and I thank all of them for being here."
Prior to the match a 30-minute clinic was administered by players from both NC State and Charleston Southern for the Abilities Tennis Athletes.
Groups from all parts of North Carolina, including Wilmington, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Chapel Hill as well as parts of South Carolina made the trip to Raleigh. Two local schools, Wake Forest High School and Wakefield High School, also took part in the day's festivities.
"The NC State girls have become our heroes," said Kirstie Marx, Executive Director of the Abilities Tennis Association. "What they did today for us will not just last a day, it will last a lifetime. I would like to thank NC State, Charleston Southern and Coach Hans Olsen for making this a very special day for everyone involved."
Once the match got underway, the Wolfpack got off to a great start against the Bucs, winning the opening doubles point for the fourth match in a row before taking five of the six singles matches. State has not dropped a doubles match yet in 2014, combining to win 11 such decisions.
Liza Fieldsend and Rachael James-Baker clinched the deciding doubles point for the Pack, going up a break point on Alia Nour and Angelica Sidorenko before closing out the match with three straight service points to win 8-5. Joelle Kissell and Sophie Nelson defeated Alexandra Walters and Yvonne Hubler 8-2 from the No. 1 doubles spot, running their record to 4-0 as a doubles pair so far this season.
In singles play, James-Baker defeated Marketa Platcha 6-1, 6-2 to cement the Pack's first singles point on the day while Fieldsend followed with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Nicolin Lueke to put State up 3-0. After Kissell dropped a hard-fought, three-set match to Hubler from the No. 1 singles spot, Nicole Martinez clinched the fourth and deciding point on the day with a 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-1 win over Walters from the No. 3 singles position.
Nelson held off Mi'Kola Cooper 6-4, 6-3 to win her match from the No. 5 spot in the order, while Natalia Janowicz defeated Gabriela Srodowski 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 from the No. 6 singles position.
State will take to the road for its next match, traveling to Richmond, Va. To face the No. 44 VCU Rams on Thursday, Feb. 16. The match will be the first contest away from the friendly confines of J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center for the Wolfpack in 2014.