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NC State Cross Country Secures Pair of Top-15 Finishes at NCAA Championships



MADISON, Wis. – The NC State men’s and women’s cross country teams closed out the 2018 season with a pair of top-15 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday.

Racing in snowy conditions at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course, the Pack men placed 11th with 342 points and the Wolfpack women finished 13th with 367 points. It marked the first time since 2003 that both of NC State’s squads finished in the top 15 at the national meet.

The Pack men entered the NCAA Championships ranked No. 16 in the nation and came away with a finish five spots higher at No. 11. NC State and BYU tied for 10th with 342 points, and the head-to-head comparison of the five scorers broke the tie and pushed the Wolfpack to 11th place in the championship 10K.

The Wolfpack’s performance was its best since the 2011 season when it finished 10th overall at the national meet.

Ian Shanklin led the way with the highest NCAA Championships finish of his career, crossing the finish line 54th in 30:10.9.

The rest of NC State’s scorers on the men’s side finished within four seconds of one another. Joe Bistritz clocked a 30:32.9 10K to place 88th and was followed by an 89th-place finish from Gavin Gaynor, who finished in 30:33.0.

Elijah Moskowitz was the next Pack finisher, placing 96th in 30:35.6, and Edwin Rutto rounded out the scoring for the NC State men with a 98th-place finish in 30:36.5.

Patrick Sheehan (180th, 31:22.7) and Ben Barrett (228th, 32:23.4) completed the Wolfpack’s seven-man lineup at the NCAA Championships.

NC State’s women secured a top-15 finish for the fourth season in a row as they finished 13th in the 6K final.

Elly Henes was the Pack’s top finisher with an impressive 16th-place performance. She crossed the finish line in 20:11.6 for the best national finish of her collegiate career.

Nell Crosby was the next to score for the Wolfpack, as she placed a personal-best 54th overall in 20:44.6, and Dominique Clairmonte also secured a spot among the top 100 runners as she finished 62nd with a time of 20:46.6.

Heather Holt continued to build on her solid freshman campaign as NC State’s fourth scorer. She crossed the finish line in 21:25.3 for 146th place, and Nevada Mareno followed by placing 172nd in 21:36.6 to round out the scoring.

Isabel Zimmermann (179th, 21:40.5) and Savannah Shaw (231st, 22:22.0) were also in action for the Pack at the national meet.

Henes gained All-American status for the second season in a row with her 16th-place finish at the 2018 NCAA Championships. After becoming an All-American for the first time during the 2017 cross country season, Henes has garnered All-America honors at the past four national meets across cross country and track and field.

The nod made Henes the first Wolfpack cross country runner since Joanna Thompson in 2013 and 2014 to repeat as an All-American.

The NCAA Championships marks the conclusion of the 2018 cross country season. NC State’s distance athletes will gear up for the start of the indoor track and field season, which is scheduled to open Dec. 1 with the JDL College Kickoff and the BU Season Opener.


NC State Hands out 2018-19 Wolfie Awards



If you’ve watched the epic show “The Office”, you are familiar with “The Dundies.”

If you’re an NC State fan you need to be familiar with “The Wolfies.”

The Wolfies are distributed annually at a banquet in Reynolds Coliseum to NC State’s greatest achievements in athletics that year.

Check out this years Wolfies.

Women’s Rookie of the Year – Elissa Cunane – Center – Women’s Basketball – All-ACC Freshman Team

Men’s Rookie of the Year – Patrick Bailey – Baseball – Catcher – ACC Freshman of the Year – 2nd Team All-ACC – Freshman All-American

Comeback Player of the Year – Sean Fauz – Wrestling – Battled injury this year, but qualified for NCAA’s for 4th straight year, and finished as a ACC Finalist for the 4th straight year.

Community Spirit Award – NC State Football Team

Heart of the Pack Award – Senior Gymnast Maggie Tamburro & Sophomore Goalkeeper Leon Krapf

Kay Yow Award – Senior Gabrielle Cunningham – Track and Field – Hurdles & Sprints – 2019 3x NCAA Indoor All-American & 3x All-ACC

Scholar Athletes of the Year – Senior Nell Crosby – Track & Field and Cross Country & Senior Swimmer Jacob Molacek

Women’s Individual Performance of the Year – Junior Anna Rogers – win in the team’s match against Miami

Men’s Individual Performance of the Year – Senior Andreas Vazaios – defending his national title in the 200 butterfly

Women’s Team Performance of the Year – Women’s Soccer Advancing to the Sweet 16

Men’s Team Performance of the Year – Men’s Soccer defeating #1 UNC

Head Coaches of the Year – Women’s Basketball – Wes Moore & Baseball – Elliott Avent

Women’s Team of the Year – Women’s Basketball – 2nd most wins in program history.

Men’s Team of the Year – Swimming & Diving – 5th straight ACC title & 2nd year in a row finishing 4th at NCAA’s

H.C. Kennett Award – Senior Pitcher Brian Brown & Senior Gymnast Maggie Tamburro

Chancellor’s Cup winners – NC State Women’s Soccer & Men’s Swimming & Diving

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#20 NC State Men’s Tennis Falls to #1 Wake Forest in ACC Tournament Semifinals



CARY, N.C. – After reaching the semifinal round of the ACC Championship for the first time in program history, the NC State men’s tennis team saw its run at the conference tournament come to an end as it was defeated by top-seeded Wake Forest, 4-2, Saturday at the Cary Tennis Park.

The decision moves the Wolfpack to 18-10 on the season, while the Demon Deacons improve to 28-3.

A competitive doubles point came down to a tiebreaker on the deciding court.

42nd-ranked Alexis Galarneau and Michael Ogden defeated No. 64 Alan Gojiev and Borna Gojo 6-4 on court one after Wake Forest took the first match on court three.

The decision came down to a matchup between NC State’s Igor Saveljic and Ivan Saveljic and Wake Forest’s Bar Botzer and Petros Chrysochos. The No. 41 Demon Deacon duo managed to take the 7-6 (4) win to clinch the doubles point for Wake Forest.

Robert Turzak got NC State on the board with a quick 6-1, 6-1 singles victory over Robert Cungu. Georgiy Malyshev was also able to notch a straight-sets win over Siddhant Banthia as his 6-4, 7-6 (5) decision added the Wolfpack’s second team point of the outing.

Wake Forest earned wins on courts two, three and five to advance to the ACC Championship finals.

NC State will await the NCAA Selection Show, which will be aired on at 6 p.m. on April 29.

No. 4 Wake Forest 4, No. 20 NC State 2
Order of finish: (3, 1, 2)
1. #42 Alexis Galarneau/Michael Ogden (NC State) ddef. #64 Alan Gadjiev/Borna Gojo (Wake Forest) 6-4
2. #41 Bar Botzer/Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest) def. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (NC State) 7-6 (4)
3. Siddhant Banthia/Melios Efstathiou (Wake Forest) def. Tadas Babelis/Yannai Barkai (NC State) 6-4

Order of finish: (4, 2, 5, 6, 3)
1. #21 Alexis Galarneau (NC State) vs. #14 Borna Gojo (Wake Forest) 6-7 (6), 6-4, 0-2, unfinished
2. #4 Petros Chrysochos (Wake Forest) def. Igor Saveljic (NC State) 6-3, 6-2
3. #34 Bar Botzer (Wake Forest) def. Tadas Babelis (NC State) 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1
4. Robert Turzak (NC State) def. Rrezart Cungu (Wake Forest) 6-1, 6-1
5. Melios Efstathiou (Wake Forest) def. Yannai Barkai (NC State) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
6. Georgiy Malyshev (NC State) def. Siddhant Banthia (Wake Forest) 6-4, 7-6 (5)

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#9 NC State Women’s Tennis Falls to #21 Hurricanes in ACC Championship Quarterfinals



(PackInsider Note: Despite falling to Miami, the NC State Women’s Tennis team had the best season in program history. The #9 ranking, 22 overall wins, and #11 ACC wins are all program program records.)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 9 NC State women’s tennis team fell to No. 21 Miami (Fla.) in the quarterfinals of the ACC Women’s Tennis Championship, 4-2, on Friday night.

The match was played indoors on UNC-CH’s campus at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center due to inclement weather, and doubles play was suspended for nearly an hour after severe weather entered the area.

The Pack drops to 22-6 and the Hurricanes improve to 18-6 on the season.

In doubles, NC State took an early lead on all three courts. That momentum was halted as severe weather in the area required teams to take shelter. After about an hour, doubles play was resumed.

In doubles, NC State took an early lead on all three courts. That momentum was halted as severe weather in the area required teams to take shelter. After about an hour, doubles play was resumed.

The Pack picked the momentum right back up, specifically on courts one and two, taking 4-1 and 4-0 leads respectively.  Adriana Reami and Claudia Wiktorin took the first doubles match of the day with a dominant 6-1 victory over Estela Perez-Somarriba and Ulyana Shirokova.

Tallying their 12th ranked doubles win of the season, 10thranked duo Anna Rogers and Alana Smith defeated No. 16 Daniella Roldan and Daevenia Achong. The win marks the junior-freshman duo’s fourth top-20 win of the 2019 campaign.

With the 1-0 advantage heading into singles play, NC State took just two of six first sets (Reami and Liz Norman).

Norman was the first singles player to put the Pack on the board with a three-set victory over Roldan to even the match at 2-2.

With matches remaining on courts one, three, and five, Miami would take a 3-2 advantage after Shirokova took court five in three sets.

On court one, the top-10 battle lived up to the hype with the match on the line, as No. 10 Rogers and No. 2 Perez-Somarriba split sets to open singles play to force a third set again, as three sets were required for Rogers’ victory over the second-ranked player in the previous matchup. Perez-Somarriba claimed the third set, 6-3, to clinch the match.

Doubles (order of finish: 2,1)
1. No. 10 Anna Rogers/Alana Smith def. No. 16 Daniella Roldan/Daevenia Achong: 6-3
2. Adriana Reami/Claudia Wiktorin def. Estela Perez-Somarriba/Ulyana Shirokova: 6-1
3. Bianca Moldovan/Liz Norman vs. Ana Madcur/Yuna Ito: halted at 4-4

Singles (order of finish: 2,6,4,5,1)
1. No. 2 Estela Perez-Somarriba def. No. 10 Anna Rogers: 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
2. Daevenia Achong def. No 68 Alana Smith: 6-3, 6-2
3. Adriana Reami vs. Yuna Ito: halted at 6-4, 6-7 (5), 0-1
4. Liz Norman def. Daniella Roldan: 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
5. Ulyana Shirokova def. Bianca Moldovan: 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
6. Lucia Marzal def. Amanda Rebol: 6-3, 6-2

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The No. 9 NC State women’s tennis team will await its fate ahead of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Division I Championship selection show on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.

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NC State Men’s Tennis Advances to ACC Semifinal for 1st Time in Program History



DURHAM, N.C. – The NC State men’s tennis team is headed to the ACC Championship semifinals for the first time in program history. The 20th-ranked Wolfpack defeated No. 29 Miami, 4-2, in the ACC quarterfinals Friday morning inside the Sheffield Tennis Center.

With the victory, the Pack improved to 18-9 on the year, marking the most wins in a single season since the 2016 dual match campaign during which it also won 18 matches. It was also NC State’s fourth consecutive win, making the Pack’s current winning streak its longest of the 2019 season.

The Wolfpack has now defeated Miami in its last three meetings against the Hurricanes, and the win was NC State’s seventh over a ranked opponent this season.

NC State will now turn its attention to the semifinal round, where it will face No. 1 seed Wake Forest on Saturday morning. The semifinal match is set for a 10 a.m. start at the Cary Tennis Park.

NC State kicked off the outing by claiming the doubles point for the fourth match in a row.

Igor Saveljic and Ivan Saveljic cruised past Miami’s Bojan Jankulovski and Dane Dunlap, beating the Hurricane duo by a 6-1 score. It marked the ninth doubles victory in a row for the Wolfpack brothers, as they have compiled an impressive 9-1 clip against ACC opponents this season.

In a competitive contest on court one, the 42nd-ranked Wolfpack duo of Alexis Galarneau and Michael Ogden managed to pick up the first break of the match to take a 4-3 lead. The pair went on to defeat Adria Soriano Barrera and Stephen Madonia by a 6-4 score to clinch the doubles point for the Pack.

Tadas Babelis extended the Pack’s lead in singles action with a solid win in straight sets. His 6-1, 6-3 decision over Dunlap put NC State up 2-0 as a team.

Igor added a solid straight-sets win over Francisco Bastias on court two, as his 6-4, 6-3 victory put the Wolfpack a match away from the clinch at 3-0.

Miami drew back within one as it picked up a pair of singles wins on courts one and four, and the remaining matches on courts five and six extended into third sets.

Georgiy Malyshev and Yannai Barkai both split sets on their courts but managed to take quick control of their third sets. It was Malyshev who clinched the semifinals berth for the Wolfpack as the senior powered his way to the 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 win over Miami’s William Grattan-Smith.

NC State will continue ACC Championship action on Saturday morning as it faces Wake Forest in the semifinals at 10 a.m. at the Cary Tennis Park.

No. 20 NC State 4, No. 29 Miami 2
Order of finish: (2, 1)
1. #42 Alexis Galarneau/Michael Ogden (NC State) def. Adria Soriano Barrera/Stephen Madonia (Miami) 6-4
2. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (NC State) def. Bojan Jankulovski/Dane Dunlap (Miami) 6-1
3. Tadas Babelis/Yannai Barkai (NC State) vs. Franco Aubone/Francisco Bastias (Miami) 5-4, unfinished

Order of finish: (3, 2, 4, 1, 5)
1. #42 Adria Soriano Barrera (Miami) def. #21 Alexis Galarneau (NC State) 6-4, 6-4
2. Igor Saveljic (NC State) def. Francisco Bastias (Miami) 6-4, 6-3
3. Tadas Babelis (NC State) def. Dane Dunlap (Miami) 6-1, 6-3
4. #81 Bojan Jankulovski (Miami) def. Robert Turzak (NC State) 6-2, 6-4
5. Yannai Barkai (NC State) vs. Franco Aubone (Miami) 7-5, 6-7 (5), 4-1, unfinished
6. Georgiy Malyshev (NC State) def. William Grattan-Smith (Miami) 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4

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