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
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.