INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the first time in school history, the NC State women’s tennis team has been selected to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship. The top 16 teams have the opportunity to host, and the Pack is currently tabbed at No. 12 in the Oracle/ITA Division I Rankings.
The Wolfpack (22-6) will compete at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center on NC State’s campus, taking on VCU (18-5) in the first round on Saturday, May 4. Times for this weekend’s matches are to be announced.
The selection marks the fourth consecutive year of NCAA postseason competition for the Pack, the longest streak in the history of the program. Monday’s announcement marks the 10th NCAA Championships berth for the program.
NC State vs. VCU
Date: Saturday, May 4
Location: J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center
A win over VCU would advance the Wolfpack to the second round, where it would face the winner of the match between Tennessee and Furman on Sunday, May 5. All matches are to be played at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.
In Simon Earnshaw‘s fifth year at the helm of the program, the team has reached new heights. Named the 2019 ACC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year, he led the squad to a program-best 22 wins and a 22-6 record. The team also eclipsed the previous school record of seven ACC wins with 11 conference victories. The Pack finished tied for third in the conference, also a program-best mark.
NC State advanced to the ITA Indoor National Championship for the first time in school history and had its first-ever win over Miami (Fla.) and its first win over Georgia Tech since 1998.
To add to the already impressive resume, the team continued to rise through the ranks, besting program records in the category, before reaching its peak at No. 9 this season.
First and second round NCAA Championships matches will take place at campus sites across the nation. 16 teams will advance out of the first weekend and will compete in NCAA Super Regionals hosted on campuses across the nation. Teams that advance to the Elite Eight will meet in Orlando, Fla., from May 17-19 to finish the team championship.
The singles and doubles championships will also be played in Orlando, Fla., from May 20-25 following the conclusion of team competition, with the qualifiers set to be released on Tuesday.
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.