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NC State’s Men’s Tennis Team is Heading to the NCAA Tournament for the 2nd Year in a Row

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INDIANAPOLIS – The NC State men’s tennis team has earned a bid to compete in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships for the second season in a row. The Wolfpack (18-10) will head to the Knoxville Regional to take on Middle Tennessee (18-11) in the first round on Friday, May 3 at 11 a.m.

A win over the Blue Raiders in the first round would advance the Pack to the second round, where it would face the winner of the match between No. 14 seed Tennessee and Radford on Saturday,  May 4 at 2 p.m. All matches in the Knoxville Regional are set to be played at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.

The selection marks NC State’s 10th overall berth to the NCAA Championships and its second selection in as many seasons under the leadership of head coach Kyle Spencer. In 2018, Spencer became the first head coach in NC State men’s tennis history to lead his team to an NCAA Championships berth in his first season.

The Pack saw continued success in 2019 as it put together a historic regular season in dual match play. NC State, which is currently ranked 20th in the Oracle/ITA team rankings, has been ranked in the top 25 for five weeks in a row and seven weeks in total on the year. The team has taken down seven nationally-ranked opponents leading up to this point in its 2019 campaign.

NC State’s 18 wins heading into the NCAA Championships are the most in a single season since 2016 when it also won 18 matches. The Pack finished the regular season with an 8-4 ACC record, marking the most league wins in a single season in program history. The team went on to kick off postseason competition by making history as the first squad in program history to advance to the ACC Championship semifinals.

Following this weekend’s first two rounds of regional action, 16 teams will advance to compete in the Super Regionals on campus sites on May 11. From there, eight squads will move on to the final NCAA Championships site as the last three rounds of action will be played May 16-19 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. 

The singles and doubles championships will also be played in Orlando from May 20-25 following the conclusion of team competition. The qualifiers for the NCAA Individual Championships are set to be released Tuesday evening.

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NC State Women’s Cross-Country Finish 5th at NCAA’s, Men Finish 26th

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Yesterday, NC State’s Women’s Cross-Country team finished 5th in the NCAA Championships, and the Men’s team finished 26th.

Last year, the Women’s team finished 13th, but the Top-5 isn’t abnormal for the Pack, finishing there 3 out of the last 5 years.

This was a step back for the Men’s team, finishing 11th in 2018.

Senior Elly Henes finished 10th in the nation, and earned All-American honors for the third time in her career, making her only 1 of 5 women in school history to do so. The last time a member of NC State’s Women’s team earned 3 consecutive All-American honors was in 1982-84 (Connie Jo Robinson).

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Freshman Kelsey Chmiel earned All-American honors, finishing 21st, which is the highest finish by a Wolfpack rookie since 2010.

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Junior Ian Shanklin finished 39th, earning the first All-American honors for the Men’s team since 2013.

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NC State Women’s Basketball Defensively Smothers Maine 62-34

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#14 NC State’s Women’s Basketball team improved to 4-0 yesterday, defeating Maine (1-3) 62-34.

It wasn’t the Wolfpack’s best shooting day, but fortunately, their defense was stifling, holding Maine to 24.6% shooting from the field and 34 points on the day.

Sophomore Elissa Cunane had a double-double for the 2nd consecutive game, with 12 points (4-8) and 10 rebounds. The double-double was the 6th of her career.

Freshman Forward Jada Boyd had a career-high 16 rebounds (team high), as well as 3 assists (team high), 3 blocks (team high) and 8 points (4-8).

Senior Guard Aislinn Konig shot 50% from three (3-6), which marks her best performance on the year. Considering the fact that “Ace” started the year in a shooting slump, this was extremely encouraging to see.

 

Redshirt Senior Grace Hunter was held out of this game after tweaking her knee a couple of days ago. They are hopeful she will be able to play against St. Mary’s on Sunday. Hunter is coming off of an ACL surgery, and had 15 points last game.

The Wolfpack will play their first road game of the season on Sunday at St. Mary’s at 5pm.

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NC State’s Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Teams Both Advance to NCAA’s

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This past weekend, NC State’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams both advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 5th consecutive year.

The Women’s team won the Southeast Regional Championships, earning an automatic bid.

The Men’s team finished 3rd in the Southeast Regional Championship, and they locked up one of the 13 at-large bids.

After winning the ACC Championship, Senior Elly Henes won the Regional Championship.

8 runners earned All-Region honors.

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Louisville 34 NC State 20: BOX SCORE

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NC State fell to 4-6 tonight, losing to Louisville 34-20 at home. The Box Score is below.

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