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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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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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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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