The Spartans enter Thursday's match after falling 7-0 to North Carolina last week.
Senior Niltooli Wilkins (Burnsville, Minn. / Homeschooled) had a 4-2 lead in the first set against No. 11 Gina Suarez-Malaguti. Suarez-Malaguti tied the set at 4-4 before Wilkins regained the lead at 5-4. Suarez-Malaguti won the next three games to take the first set 7-5, before winning the second set, 6-0.
Classmate, Annette Rios (Santa Ana, El Salvador / Liceo Latinoamericano) held a lead in the first set at 4-3 but Lyons, ranked No. 101 would come back to take the set 6-4. Rios fought to take the second set, 7-6(8-6), but fell 12-10 in a third-set tiebreaker.
NC State holds a 1-0 record this season after defeating East Carolina, 7-0, Jan. 31 at home. The Wolfpack is led by junior and 2012 All-ACC selection Joelle KIssell, who is ranked No. 33 in the nation in the ITA. Kissell defeated three ranked opponents during the fall season, including 2012 All-American and 23rd-ranked Abigail Tere-Apisah, of Georgia State, USF's 29th-ranked Katie Vasenina, and Texas A&M's 17th-ranked Cristina Stancu.
Entering the dual match, NC State has a 14-0 lead over UNCG in the all-time series. The teams last met in 2006, where the UNCG fell to NC State, 7-0.
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