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NC State Women’s Tennis Sweeps Vols for #STATEment Win, Advances Sweet 16 for First Time in Program History

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RALEIGH – The No. 12 NC State women’s tennis team punched its ticket to the NCAA Championships Sweet 16 for the first time in school history Sunday afternoon, defeating No. 20 Tennessee 4-0.

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The match was moved indoors a few games into singles play due to weather.
On court one, 10th-ranked Anna Rogers dug a hole in the first set and early into the second set. The All-American fought her way back into the match, taking the second and third sets to clinch the win for the Pack. The victory over No. 62 Hammond marks her 17th ranked singles win of the season.

No. 7 Rogers and Alana Smith captured the doubles point for the Pack, defeating No. 9 Sadie Hammond and Katilin Staines for their third top-10 doubles victory of the 2019 campaign.

NC State improves to 24-6 and Tennessee finishes the season 20-8.

NC State took the doubles point after tight matches on all three courts. In a 6-4 decision, Bianca Moldovan and Liz Norman defeated Ariadna Riley and Tenika McGiffin to give the Pack a boost as courts one and two battled.

Adriana Reami and Claudia Wiktorin fell to Johanna Silva and Rebeka Mertena, 6-4, as the attention turned to the top-10 matchup on court one.

On court one, seventh-ranked Rogers and Smith came out firing, taking the first three games. Tennessee’s ninth-ranked Sadie Hammond and Kaitlin Staines stormed back to make things interesting, trailing by just one game at 4-3. The Pack duo closed out the match at 6-4 to capture the doubles point for the squad.
In singles, Reami took the first point of the indoor session, defeating Mertena in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. The win marked the Miami, Fla., native’s 30thof the season. She is the third player on the 2019 roster to accomplish the feat.

With an impressive run early in the NCAA Championships, Smith won in straight sets for the second match in a row, bringing her to a 32-12 record on the season.

Rogers closed the deal for the Pack on court one with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Hammond. The match-clinching victory became the fourth Wolfpack player to tally 30 singles wins over the course of the 2019 campaign.

NC STATE 4, TENNESSEE 0
Doubles (order of finish: 3,2,1)
1. No. 7 Anna Rogers/Alana Smith def. No. 9 Sadie Hammond/Kaitlin Staines: 6-4
2. Johanna Silva/Rebeka Mertena def. Adriana Reami/Claudia Wiktorin: 6-4
3. Bianca Moldovan/Liz Norman def. Ariadna Riley/Tenika McGiffin: 6-4

Singles (order of finish: 3,2,1)
1. No. 10 Anna Rogers def. No. 62 Sadie Hammond: 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. No. 71 Alana Smith def. No. 124 Kaitlin Staines: 6-1, 7-6 (5)
3. Adriana Reami def. Rebeka Mertena: 6-2, 6-2
4. Liz Norman vs. Johanna Silva: halted at 2-6, 7-5, 1-0
5. Bianca Moldovan vs. Ariadna Riley: halted at 4-4
6. Amanda Rebol vs. Tenika McGiffin: halted at 1-2

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NC State will make the short road trip to Durham, N.C., to face Duke in the Super Regional on Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m. A berth is on the line to the Elite Eight at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.

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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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