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NC State Men’s Tennis Dual-Match Campaign Comes to an End in NCAA Championships Second Round



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After advancing past the first round of the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2014, the 19th-ranked NC State men’s tennis team fell just short to Tennessee as the Volunteers won the second-round battle, 4-2, Saturday afternoon at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.

With the loss, the Wolfpack’s incredible dual-match campaign comes to a close. The Pack ends the 2019 season with a 19-11 record as it amassed the most single-season victories since the 2012 campaign when it picked up 20 wins on the year. After its second consecutive selection to the NCAA Championships, NC State advanced to the second round of the national tournament for just the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2014.

The NCAA Championships wrapped up a historic 2019 campaign for the Pack during which it finished the regular season with an 8-4 record in ACC play, marking the most league wins in a single season in program history. NC State also went on to make history as the program’s first-ever squad to advance to the ACC Championship semifinals.

The Volunteers picked up a pair of doubles wins to clinch the opening point. No. 6 Preston Touliatos and Timo Stodder go the first victory of the day for Tennessee with a 6-2 win over 44th-ranked Alexis Galarneau and Michael Ogden, and Adam Walton and Andrew Rogers’s 6-3 win over Tadas Babelis and Yannai Barkai gave the Volunteers the doubles point.

After dropping the first sets in five of six singles matches, the Wolfpack forced third sets on three of those courts.

Touliatos defeated Barkai 6-4, 6-2 in the only match to finish in straight sets to push Tennessee’s lead to 2-0.

Babelis put NC State on the board, defeating Scott Jones 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, and Robert Turzak tied the match score at two with his 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Luca Wiedenmann. 

In a top-25 matchup on court one, No. 23 Stodder emerged victorious over 21st-ranked Galarneau. Stodder’s 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 win put the Volunteers a match away from the clinch.

After dropping their first sets, Georgiy Malyshev and Igor Saveljic sent their matches into tight third sets, but Tennessee clinched on court two as No. 50 Walton defeated Igor 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5 to send the Volunteers on to the next round. 

Galarneau will prepare for the NCAA Singles Championships, which will take place from May 20-25 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. following the conclusion of the team championships. 

Tennessee 4, NC State 2

Order of finish: (1, 3)
1. #6 Preston Touliatos/Timo Stodder (UT) def. #44 Alexis Galarneau/Michael Ogden(NC State) 6-2
2. Scott Jones/Pat Harper (UT) vs. Igor Saveljic/Ivan Saveljic (NC State) 3-3, unfinished
3. Adam Walton/Andrew Rogers (UT) def. Tadas Babelis/Yannai Barkai (NC State) 6-3

Order of finish: (5, 3, 4, 1, 2)
1. #23 Timo Stodder (UT) def. #21 Alexis Galarneau (NC State) 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
2. #51 Adam Walton (UT) def. Igor Saveljic (NC State) 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5
3. Tadas Babelis (NC State) def. Scott Jones (UT) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
4. Robert Turzak (NC State) def. Luca Wiedenmann (UT) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
5. Preston Touliatos (UT) def. Yannai Barkai (NC State) 6-4, 6-2
6. Andrew Rogers (UT) vs. Georgiy Malyshev (NC State) 7-5, 6-7 (8), 3-4, unfinished

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



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.



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



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



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


Other ACC schools represented on the list:


5. Georgia Tech

17. Virginia

22. NC State


10. Duke

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NC State’s Athletic Program Ranks 26th Over the Past 5 Years Among Power 5 Schools



Yahoo did a good job compiling some data to figure out which Power 5 schools have been the best over the past 5 years. They calculated each teams average finish in the Director’s Cup over a 5-year span, and then ranked them accordingly.

NC State ranked 26th.

Here’s what they had to say about the Wolfpack:

Best sport: men’s swimming. Trajectory: down. The Wolfpack were a slight victim of their 2018 success, sliding back 11 spots from a Top 15 year. N.C. State did well in a number of fall and winter sports, but once again had their greatest success in the pool. The women finished seventh in the NCAA championships and the men were fourth. It was the fourth straight fourth-place finish for the men’s program.


ACC Athletic Programs Ranked Over the Past 5 Years

8. UNC

10. Virginia

10. Florida State

16. Notre Dame

19. Duke

26. NC State

29. Louisville

34. Virginia Tech

40. Syracuse

51. Miami

53. Clemson

56. Wake Forest

60. Boston College

62. Georgia Tech

65. Pittsburgh

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