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NC State Men’s Tennis Caps Off Historic Team Season with Individual Ranking Accolades

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TEMPE, Ariz. – NC State men’s tennis ended the 2018-19 season with two individuals ranked in the top 30 of the final singles and doubles Oracle/ITA Division I Rankings of the year, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Wednesday afternoon.

Alexis Galarneau finished the season ranked No. 26 in singles. Galarneau’s final singles ranking is the highest for a Wolfpack player in recorded ITA history, which dates back to 1981.

Galarneau put together a stellar junior campaign playing at the top singles spot for the Wolfpack and compiling a 16-10 overall singles record during 2019 dual match play. Seven of Galarneau’s victories on the year came against opponents who were nationally-ranked at the time of competition, and he beat the nation’s No. 15 player on two occasions for the highest ranked wins of his career.

After finding himself ranked in the national top 30 since March 5 and the national top 45 for the entirety of the season, Galarneau earned an at-large bid to compete at the NCAA Singles Championships. The selection made him the first Wolfpack player since at least the 2000 season to reach the national tournament in back-to-back seasons.

The Laval, Canada native racked up postseason honors as he was named a member of the First Team All-ACC for the second season in a row, marking the third all-conference honors of his NC State career. Galarneau also garnered a regional award as he was named ITA Carolina Region Player to Watch.

After finishing in the final standings for three seasons in a row, becoming just the fourth NC State player to accomplish that feat, Galarneau achieved the best final ranking of his career with the No. 26 designation.

Galarneau and Michael Ogden were tabbed No. 28 as a doubles pair. Their ranking sits fourth in program history and is the best end-of-season doubles ranking for the Pack since 2014.

Pairing up for 18 doubles matches during the 2019 dual match campaign, Galarneau and Ogden picked up 11 victories all at the top doubles spot for NC State. The duo defeated three nationally-ranked opponents on the year, with two of those wins coming during ACC action.

Galarneau and Ogden’s No. 28 ranking marks their best final doubles ranking as a pair after they were tabbed No. 39 to end the 2016-17 season. Their previous season-best ranking was No. 42, achieved on April 16, and their final ranking bests that number by 14 spots.

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NC State Helping Make 500,000 Surgical Masks Per Day

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NC State’s Nonwoven Institute is currently using two of it’s production lines to produce materials for the creation of face masks for the use of medical workers as they fight Covid-19.

According to Behnam Pourdeyhimi, executive director of NWI, Wilson College of Textiles associate dean for industry research and extension and William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor, the materials being made can create a face mask that can be cleaned and reused.

“Because of the COVID-19 crisis, we took the spunbond technology and created a new generation of unique filters that have excellent filtering capability and can potentially be reused after cleaning with peroxide, or potentially alcohol solution,” Pourdeyhimi said. “Because these materials are strong, unlike classical meltblown filters, they can also be cut and sewn by traditional techniques.” (NCSU)

Currently, NC State is roughly able to create material for roughly 500,000 surgical face masks per day.

Within the next month when new machinery arrives, NC State will be able to create the actual face masks on their Centennial Campus, to provide to local medical workers.

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NC State Sweeps 2020 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Awards

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NC State continued their dominance in Men’s Swimming & Diving in 2020, sweeping the 2020 ACC Awards yesterday.

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Stewart, a Senio, has now one the ACC Swimmer of the Year award two years in a row. At the ACC championships, he won the 100 & 200 backstrokes (2nd straight), and was part of the 1st-place 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

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This has almost become a lock annually for Holloway, winning the award in 7 of the last 8 years. The Men’s Swimming & Diving team won their 6th consecutive ACC Championship this year.

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Brady, a Senior, was a finalist in all 3 diving events at the ACC Championships, winning the 3-meter springboard competition.

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Colts Plan to Hold On to Jacoby Brissett Despite Adding Philip Rivers

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Last week NC State legend Philip Rivers signed a 1-year $25 million with the Indianapolis Colts. This move led many to wonder if another former Wolfpack Quarterback Jacoby Brissett would still have a spot in Indy, or if he would be traded.

Apparently the Colts want to keep both Wolfpack QB’s on their roster.

Indy must have no qualms financially, because they are keeping Brissett on the roster, despite the fact his pay will equal $21.375 million salary cap hit.

2020 will equal be the final year of Brissett’s 2-year $30 million contract.

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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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