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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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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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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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