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NC State’s Alexis Galarneau and Igor Saveljic Honored as All-ACC Performers

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Igor Saveljic and junior Alexis Galarneau of the No. 20 NC State men’s tennis team (18-10) earned recognition as All-ACC performers for the 2019 spring season, as announced by the league office on Thursday afternoon. Galarneau was named First Team All-ACC, and Saveljic was named to the Second Team All-ACC, as voted on by the conference’s head coaches.

The honors marked the third season in a row that Galarneau has been honored as a member of an All-ACC team and is his second season in a row claiming a spot on the First Team. Saveljic was named to the Second Team in his final collegiate season, the first All-ACC honors of his career. NC State has had multiple all-conference honorees for seven seasons in a row.

Galarneau becomes the fourth player in program history to garner All-ACC status at least three times in his career. The Laval, Canada native once again put together a tremendous season playing at the top singles spot for the Wolfpack. Galarneau went 15-8 in dual match play during the 2019 season, with seven of his wins coming against ranked opponents. He beat the nation’s No. 15 player on two occasions during his junior campaign, as his wins against Georgia’s Emil Reinberg and Carl Söderlund marked the highest ranked victories of his career.

Galarneau also continued to be an impact player for the Pack in doubles. His 14-5 record in doubles action marked the best doubles winning percentage across all of NC State’s usual doubles starters. Galarneau partnered with Michael Ogden for 11 of those 14 doubles wins, and the duo took down three ranked opponents on the season as a pair.

Saveljic’s first All-ACC honors come after the senior posted a team-best 18 singles wins on the year, with 13 of those coming during dual match play. The Podgorica, Montenegro native went 18-11 during fall and spring play, with most of his playing time coming at the No. 2 singles slot for the Pack.

Pairing with his brother for doubles action, Saveljic went 18-9 on the year and 13-6 in dual matches. He and Ivan posted an 8-1 record during regular-season ACC matches. The duo has won nine of its last 10 contests, including eight wins in a row to close out the regular season.

Igor Saveljic currently owns 70 career singles wins and 63 career doubles wins, both marks that rank in the top 12 in program history.

Galarneau and Saveljic are two of 27 men’s tennis players across the league who were honored as All-ACC performers for the 2018-19 season.

2019 ALL-ACC MEN’S TENNIS
Player of the Year: Carl Söderlund, Virginia
Freshman of the Year: Brandon Nakashima, Virginia
Coach of the Year: Andres Pedroso, Virginia

First Team All-ACC
Lucas Poullain, Florida State
Carlos Divar, Georgia Tech
Alexis Galarneau, NC State
William Blumberg, UNC-CH
Benjamin Sigouin, UNC-CH
Carl Söderlund, Virginia
Brandon Nakashima, Virginia
Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest
Borna Gojo, Wake Forest

Second Team All-ACC
Nick Stachowiak, Duke
Adria Soriano Barrera, Miami
Alex Knaff, Florida State
Igor Saveljic, NC State
Brian Cernoch, UNC-CH
Axel Nefve, Notre Dame
Henrik Wiersholm, Virginia
Jason Kros, Virginia Tech
Bar Botzer, Wake Forest

Third Team All-ACC
Derek Austin, Boston College
Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff, Louisville
Simon Baudry, Clemson
Francisco Bastias, Miami
Josh Peck, UNC-CH
Blaine Boyden, UNC-CH
Richard Ciamarra, Notre Dame
Alex Lebedev, Notre Dame
Henrik Korsgaard, Virginia Tech

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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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Elly Henes Becomes 1st ACC XC Performer of the Year in School History, Mom Laurie Wins ACC Coach of the Year 5th Time

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Senior Elly Henes was named the ACC Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Year yesterday, becoming the first person in NC State history to do so. Her mother, Laurie Henes, who happens to be the Wolfpack Women’s Cross Country head coach, was named the ACC Coach of the Year for the 5th time.

Elly Henes, of Cary, North Carolina, entered the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships as the 13th multi-year cross country All-American in NC State program history and delivered a career-best 10th-place finish of 20:20.7 on the 6K course.

Earlier, Henes had claimed 2019 ACC and Southeast Regional gold medals with respective winning times of 20:37.4 and 19:48.9. Henes is just the fifth runner in NC State women’s cross country history to earn All-America honors three or more times.

Laurie Henes, in her 14th year as the Wolfpack women’s cross country head coach, led NC State to its fourth consecutive ACC championship and 25th overall. Henes’ Wolfpack placed fifth at this year’s NCAA Championships, marking the program’s fifth consecutive top-15 finish and the highest since 2016. In addition to her daughter Elly, Henes coached freshman Kelsey Chmiel to an All-America finish at the NCAA finals (22nd place).

Henes, a former NC State All-American who ran on four ACC championship teams and was the conference’s gold medalist in 1991, was also recognized as the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season and the fifth time overall. (ACC)

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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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