MT. PLEASANT, SC Feb. 17, 2013 – North Carolina State remained undefeated on the season with a 6-1 road victory over the No. 67-ranked College of Charleston women’s tennis team on Sunday afternoon at the CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point.
The Wolfpack (4-0), out of the ACC, rolled to their fourth consecutive win by claiming the doubles point and five of the six singles matches in straight sets.
For the second consecutive day, the Cougars (3-2) fell injury prone as sophomore Grace Baker (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) had to retire their match in the first game of No. 3 doubles when Baker was sidelined with a serious knee injury.
“After 22 years of coaching, you learn how to deal with different types of situations,” CofC Director of Tennis Angelo Anastopoulo said. “This is something we will have to learn to deal with – back-to-back severe injuries during the match on consecutive days. My heart goes out to Grace and how hard she has worked to get back to the great tennis she is playing right now. Having to recover from a possible severe knee injury, I know she will get through it and come back stronger and better.”
The top duo of Tatiana Illova and Joelle Kissell of NC State defeated sophomore Samantha Maddox (Lexington, Ky.) and senior Irene Viana (Paris, France), 8-4, to secure the doubles point and early lead.
The Cougars’ lone victory of the match came from freshman Brooke McAmis (Greensboro, N.C.), who rattled off two love sets against NC State’s Nicole Martinez, 6-0, 6-0, to the tie the match at one-all at No. 2 singles. Rachael James-Baker turned in the deciding point of the match with a 6-4, 6-3 decision over sophomore Jenny Falcone (Davidson, N.C.) at the No. 4 line.
CofC is currently in the midst of playing a tough four-match stretch in which three are BCS opponents including a 4-3 comeback win over Kansas out of the Big 12 Conference on Feb. 16. They will travel to South Carolina out of the SEC on Feb. 23.
“We did a good job of competing today, but quite frankly, NC State competed harder than we did,” Anastopoulo said. “That’s something we are continuing to work on. They were the better team today. We will keep looking to get better. We have our first conference match of the season on Wednesday at Georgia Southern. It’s a difficult place to play. They will have a good crowd and we will have to be at our best.”
Up next, the Cougars will open Southern Conference play on the road at Georgia Southern on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m. (ET) in Statesboro, Ga.
NC STATE 6, (67) COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 1
Feb. 17, 2013
CofC Tennis Center at Patriots Point
at Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
No. 1 – Joelle Kissell (NC State) def. Christin Newman (CofC), 6-1, 6-3.
No. 2 – Brooke McAmis (CofC) def. Nicole Martinez (NC State), 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 – Tatiana Illova (NC State) def. Samantha Maddox (CofC), 6-4, 6-1.
No. 4 – Rachael James-Baker (NC State) def. Jenny Falcone (CofC), 6-4, 6-3.
No. 5 – Elisha Hande (NC State) def. Katherine Schofield (CofC), 6-4, 7-5.
No. 6 – Chloe Smith (NC State) def. Olivia McMillan (CofC), 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 – Tatiana Illova-Joelle Kissell (NC State) def. Samantha Maddox-Irene Viana (CofC), 8-4.
No. 2 – Elisa Hande-Nicole Martinez (NC State) vs. Jenny Falcone-Brooke McAmis (CofC), 1-6, unfinished.
No. 3 – Sophie Nelson-Chloe Smith (NC State) def. Grace Baker-Christin Newman (CofC), 0-0, retired, injury.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 3, 1*
Singles: 2, 6, 3, 4*, 1, 5