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

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(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.

NC STATE 2, MIAMI (FLA.) 4
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 Helping Make 500,000 Surgical Masks Per Day

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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.

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NC State Sweeps 2020 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Awards

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NC State continued their dominance in Men’s Swimming & Diving in 2020, sweeping the 2020 ACC Awards yesterday.

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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.

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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.

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Brady, a Senior, was a finalist in all 3 diving events at the ACC Championships, winning the 3-meter springboard competition.

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Colts Plan to Hold On to Jacoby Brissett Despite Adding Philip Rivers

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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.

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.

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FULL HIGHLIGHTS: NC State obliterates #6 Duke, 88-66

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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.

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