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NC State’s Earnshaw Named ACC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year, Rogers and Smith Claim All-ACC Honors

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GREENSBORO, N.C. —Simon Earnshaw has been named ACC Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year, and Anna Rogers and Alana Smith have earned all-conference honors, as announced by the ACC office on Thursday. The announcement marks the third consecutive year that NC State has had two players named to the All-ACC team.

Anna Rogers earns first-team status and Alana Smith earns second-team status.

Earnshaw is just the second coach in the Pack’s history to garner Coach of the Year honors (Jenny Garrity, 1998) after leading 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.

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.

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Earnshaw guided Rogers to the highest singles ranking in program history (No. 8) and Amanda Rebol to 88 career singles wins, registering as the most career singles wins in the NC State record books.

With Earnshaw at the helm during the 2019 campaign, NC State advanced to the ITA Indoor National Championship for the first time in school history. He also led the team to its first-ever win over Miami (Fla.) and to its first win over Georgia Tech since 1998.

Rogers’ first team all-conference appointment marks the first time NC State has been selected for first-team honors since the teams began to be distinguished in 2014. The junior has now been named to the all-conference team for the third straight season. Rogers and Joelle Kissell are the only two players in program history to be named to the all-conference team three times.

The Stamford, Conn., native was named ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week twice this season. Rogers now holds the program record for the highest singles ranking after being tabbed at No. 8 earlier this season.

Playing on court one, Rogers (29-13) has collected 16 ranked wins, including a victory over second-ranked Estela Perez-Somarriba of Miami (Fla.).  Impressively, Rogers has won 13 of her 19 singles dual matches in straight sets. She also boasts a stretch in which she went on an 11-match winning streak that required victories over six ranked opponents.

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Smith (30-12) is the first NC State freshman to garner all-conference honors since Rogers accomplished the feat in 2017. Competing on court two in every match she has played in, Smith collected a top-10 singles win against No. 10 Marta Gonzalez of Georgia, outlasting Gonzalez in three sets. Overall, Smith has defeated five ranked singles opponents.

A five-time ACC Women’s Tennis Freshman of the Week, Smith did not lose a singles match in the month of March. The Fort Washington, Md., native reached a high singles ranking of No. 68 this season.

Rogers and Smith compete in doubles together on court one. The duo has combined for 30 wins this season and boasts a 30-5 record. Tallying 12 ranked doubles victories, they have defeated two top-five opponents (No. 4 Leduc/Navarro – Clemson, No. 5 Koch/Khmelnitckaia – Kansas).

The junior-freshman duo is currently ranked No. 8 in the Oracle/ITA Division I Rankings, its highest ranking of the season and the second-highest in program history.

2019 ALL-ACC WOMEN’S TENNIS
Player of the Year: Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami
Freshman of the Year: Cameron Morra, North Carolina
Coach of the Year:Simon Earnshaw, NC State

FIRST TEAM ALL-ACC
Maria Mateas, Duke
Meible Chi, Duke
Kenya Jones, Georgia Tech
Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami
Anna Rogers, NC State
Alexa Graham, North Carolina
Makenna Jones, North Carolina
Gabriela Knutson, Syracuse
Meghan Kelley, Virginia

SECOND TEAM ALL-ACC
Marie Leduc, Clemson
Kelly Chen, Duke
Carla Touly, Florida State
Emmanuelle Salas, Florida State
Daevenia Achong, Miami
Alana Smith, NC State
Sara Daavettila, North Carolina
Cameron Morra, North Carolina
Emma Davis, Wake Forest

THIRD TEAM ALL-ACC
Yufei Long, Boston College
Kylie Wilcox, Boston College
Ellyse Hamlin, Duke
Ana Oparenovic, Florida State
Zoe Spence, Notre Dame
Cameron Corse, Notre Dame
Miranda Ramirez, Syracuse
Natalie Novotna, Virginia Tech
Eliza Omirou, Wake Forest

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NC State vs. Ball State will be a BLACK OUT

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NC State will be wearing ALL BLACK on Saturday night in their Week 3 game against Ball State at 7pm.

Last year, NC State lost 27-23 in ALL BLACK to Wake Forest on Thursday night, which was their first loss in ALL BLACK, winning the previous three games through the years.

In 2017, the Wolfpack wore their “BLACK Howl” uniforms against #17 Louisville on Thursday night, and took down the Cardinals 39-25.

The Wolfpack also wore ALL BLACK in a 35-0 victory over Eastern Kentucky in 2015.

In 2014, NC State beat Old Dominion 46-34 in ALL BLACK.

The Wolfpack wore BLACK jersey’s in tandem with RED pants and RED helmets against Louisville in 2015, slipping 13-20 in the rain.

In 2011, NC State wore BLACK jerseys and pants, with RED helmets in a 38-24 victory over Central Michigan.

As far as I can tell, NC State is 3-0 when wearing ALL BLACK heading into Thursday nights matchup against the Demon Deacons.

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NC State’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Teams Rank in Top-15 in Preseason Polls

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For the 1st time since 2007, NC State’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams are ranked in the Top-15 in the Preseason Poll.

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The Women’s team won their third straight ACC Championship last year, and the Men finished 3rd. The ladies finished 13th at the NCAA Championships last year, and the fellas finished 11th.

The Women’s Cross-Country team are in the Preseason Top-15 for the 4th year in a row, and the Men find their way in the Top-15 at the start of the year for the first time since 2014.

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Money Magazine Ranks NC State as the 40th Best College for the Money

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Recently Money Magazine ranked the best colleges in America for the money heading into the 2019-20 school year, public and private, and NC State is ranked 40th. Behind Duke, they are the ranked as the 2nd best school in North Carolina, and the #1 Public School.

Going to college shouldn’t mean a lifetime of debt. To find the schools that successfully combine quality and affordability, MONEY weighed more than 19,000 data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing, and career earnings. Explore our list, then build your own. (Money)

Here’s what they had to say about North Carolina State University:

North Carolina State University is a school with deep-rooted tradition and local pride. In fact, many current students have parents and grandparents who are NC State alumni. Probably best known for its agricultural science program, as well as its science research majors, NC State offers its 34,000 students some 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Take your pick from animal science, extension education, forest management, meteorology, poultry science, textile engineering, and more. With its location in Raleigh, there’s always plenty to do, both on campus and off. Hundreds of student clubs are constantly recruiting on the Brickyard, State’s central quad, and Greek parties run late into the night. But nothing brings the community together as much as cheering for NC State’s Division I sports teams, embroiled in a century-old rivalry with nearby UNC. Students and professors go all out, dressing in red, roasting pigs at tailgating sessions, and pitching tents in parking lots before games. When it’s time to study, the Learning Commons offers a quiet escape. Undergrads say that professors are attentive and almost always available. The university has a solid 79% graduation rate, which is slightly higher than would be expected based on the academic preparation and economic background of NC State Raleigh’s students, according to MONEY’s calculations. In their first three years after graduating, alumni tend to earn an average salary of $55,800, according to PayScale. (Money)

 

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CNBC Ranks NC State #22 Public University that Pays off the Most

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CNBC released a report this week exploring the Top-50 U.S. Colleges (Private & Public) that pay off the most. To understand all of the details that went into their calculations, click here, but in a nutshell, they calculated the net cost to attend each college, and divided it by a graduates expected annual earnings.

NC State ranked 22nd out of all the Public Universities nationally.

NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a public university that enrolls roughly 35,479 students. The public university is known for its veterinary medicine program.

Average net cost (income $48,001-$75,000): $13,244
Median salary for alumni with 0-5 years of experience: $55,800
Median salary for alumni with 10+ years of experience: $104,700
Salary average, early and mid career: $80,250

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Other ACC schools represented on the list:

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5. Georgia Tech

17. Virginia

22. NC State

Private

10. Duke

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