TEMPE, Ariz. — The NC State women’s tennis team made history on Tuesday, checking in at No. 9 in the Oracle/ITA Division I Rankings, marking the program’s highest ranking in its history. The announcement follows the Pack posting a 2-1 record on the weekend, including a 5-2 ranked win over No. 22 Wake Forest on the road. No. 8Anna Rogers also made program history in the singles rankings, topping her previous program-best No. 15 ranking.
The team is 21-4 (10-2) on the season. With the win over the Demon Deacons, the Pack made program history, posting its 20th win, which had never been accomplished before this season.
In its 2019 campaign, the squad has collected 10 ACC wins, eclipsing the program’s previous record of eight conferences wins in a season.
Its 3-1 start to conference play was its best in at least 20 years.
Checking in at No. 8, Rogers reaches the highest singles ranking in program history. Playing on court one, the junior has posted a 29-10 record this season, including a 19-4 record in dual season.
Rogers is currently on an 11-match winning streak with wins over six ranked opponents during the stretch. In her past four singles matches, the Stamford, Conn., native has faced four ranked opponents, needing only straight sets to claim victory.
She has totaled 16 ranked singles wins this season.
Rogers set the previous program standard for the highest singles ranking last week, checking in at No. 15.
Alana Smith is tabbed at No. 93 in the singles rankings. The four-time ACC Women’s Freshman of the Week has defeated four ranked singles opponents this season, including a top-10 win over No. 10 Marta Gonzalez (Georgia).
Adriana Reami, tabbed at No. 110, boasts a 17-5 record in dual season and has defeated four ranked opponents in her 2019 campaign.
Rogers and Smith hold steady at No. 9 in the doubles rankings. The junior-freshman duo has collected 27 wins this season and has won eight out of its last 10 doubles matches. Impressively, they have posted a 10-3 record against nationally ranked opponents, including two top-five wins (No. 5 Janet Koch and Nina Khmelnitckaia – Georgia, No. 4 Marie Leduc and Fernanda Navarro – Clemson).
The No. 9 Pack will be back in action Wednesday, April 7 at No. 4 Duke at 6 p.m.
NC State Helping Make 500,000 Surgical Masks Per Day
NC State’s Nonwoven Institute is currently using two of it’s production lines to produce materials for the creation of face masks for the use of medical workers as they fight Covid-19.
According to Behnam Pourdeyhimi, executive director of NWI, Wilson College of Textiles associate dean for industry research and extension and William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, the materials being made can create a face mask that can be cleaned and reused.
“Because of the COVID-19 crisis, we took the spunbond technology and created a new generation of unique filters that have excellent filtering capability and can potentially be reused after cleaning with peroxide, or potentially alcohol solution,” Pourdeyhimi said. “Because these materials are strong, unlike classical meltblown filters, they can also be cut and sewn by traditional techniques.” (NCSU)
Currently, NC State is roughly able to create material for roughly 500,000 surgical face masks per day.
Within the next month when new machinery arrives, NC State will be able to create the actual face masks on their Centennial Campus, to provide to local medical workers.
NC State Sweeps 2020 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Awards
NC State continued their dominance in Men’s Swimming & Diving in 2020, sweeping the 2020 ACC Awards yesterday.
Stewart, a Senio, has now one the ACC Swimmer of the Year award two years in a row. At the ACC championships, he won the 100 & 200 backstrokes (2nd straight), and was part of the 1st-place 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.
This has almost become a lock annually for Holloway, winning the award in 7 of the last 8 years. The Men’s Swimming & Diving team won their 6th consecutive ACC Championship this year.
Brady, a Senior, was a finalist in all 3 diving events at the ACC Championships, winning the 3-meter springboard competition.
Colts Plan to Hold On to Jacoby Brissett Despite Adding Philip Rivers
Last week NC State legend Philip Rivers signed a 1-year $25 million with the Indianapolis Colts. This move led many to wonder if another former Wolfpack Quarterback Jacoby Brissett would still have a spot in Indy, or if he would be traded.
Apparently the Colts want to keep both Wolfpack QB’s on their roster.
Colts’ full intentions are to keep Jacoby Brissett, I'm told. His contract calls for $7M guarantee tomorrow and $6M salary, so perhaps that affects some things, but the team considers him a special guy and wants him in the fold.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 21, 2020
Indy must have no qualms financially, because they are keeping Brissett on the roster, despite the fact his pay will equal $21.375 million salary cap hit.
2020 will equal be the final year of Brissett’s 2-year $30 million contract.
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: NC State obliterates #6 Duke, 88-66
NC State played their most complete game of the season, out-playing the #6 Blue Devils from tip to buzzer, resulting in a stunning 88-66 victory.
Three Pack players scored over 20 points, led by senior Markell Johnson with 28 (Daniels had 25 and Funderburk had 21. The Pack shot a solid 45% from the floor and a sizzling 60% from beyond the arc. NC State outrebounded Duke 36-27.