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WTEN: NC State Outlasted by Virginia Tech

Posted March 23

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— The NC State women’s tennis dropped a 5-2 decision to the Virginia Tech Hokies at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

Wolfpack senior Joelle Kissell moved into second place on the all-time career dual singles victories list at NC State after defeating No. 66 Ilinca Stoica 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in match that lasted nearly three and a half hours. Kissell, who tied Julia Roach on Saturday with her singles win against Florida State, passes the former Wolfpack legend and now sits alone in second with 57 career dual singles wins, just two behind Jenny Sell’s school record of 59.

As a team, NC State lost its first match all season from inside the Isenhour Center after starting the year 7-0. The loss also snapped an 11-match winning streak in the facility dating back to last season.

State started strong in doubles play, clinching the elusive point for the eighth time this season. Kissell and Sophie Nelson defeated the pair of Raluca Mita and Carol Kahoun, 8-6 at No. 2 doubles just moments before Rachael James-Baker and Liza Fieldsend defeated Sansitha Nandakumar and Tea Ivanovic 8-6 on court three to clinch the doubles point. Elisha Hande and Nicole Martinez dropped their match from the No. 1 doubles spot, 8-2 to Ilinca Stoica and Kelly Williford.

In singles play, Martinez fell to Williford, 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 3 spot in the order, while Fieldsend dropped her match to Mita 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 4 position.

In the other three matches, James-Baker came up short against Francesca Fusinato, 6-1, 6-4 on court two, Janowicz lost to Nandakumar, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 singles and Hande dropped a hard-fought, three-set match to Kahoun, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4).

NC State (7-6, 1-5 ACC) will return to the court on Friday, March 28 versus No. 75 Wake Forest. First serve at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m.

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