RALEIGH, N.C. – The UNCG women's tennis team falls to NC State 7-0 on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Seniors Alex Whitehead (Victoria, Australia / Star of the Sea College) and Niltooli Wilkins (Burnsville, Minn. / Homeschooled) lost with a close score of 9-8 (7-4) to Joelle Kissell (No. 33) and Tatiana Illova.
Senior Annette Rios (Santa Ana, El Salvador / Liceo Latinoamericano) and sophomore Kayla Gammie (Port St. Lucie, Fla. / Broward Virtual School) dropped their doubles match against Nicole Martinez and Elisha Hande, 8-2.
In singles play, Wilkins dropped a 7-5, 6-3 match to No. 33 Joelle Kissell, while Yurtkuran fought in a three-set match, but Nicole Martinez of NC State took the win, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2.
Whitehead lost in a tough three sets to Rachael James-Baker, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, while Rios fell to Illova, 6-2, 6-3
Falcon dueled Hande and fell, 6-0, 6-2, while freshman Soumeya Anane (Coventry, Great Britain / Tile Hill Wood School) lost against Chloe Smith in a third-set tiebreaker, 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2).
The 0-2 Spartans return to action Saturday, Feb. 9, when they host Campbell at home. Play begins at noon.
UNCG vs. NC State (Thursday, Feb. 7)
1. No. 33 Joelle Kissell (NC State) def. Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG), 7-5, 6-3
2. Nicole Martinez (NC State) def. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG), 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
3. Rachael James-Baker (NC State) def. Alex Whitehead (UNCG), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
4. Tatiana Illova (NC State) def. Annette Rios (UNCG), 6-2, 6-3
5. Elisha Hande (NC State) def. Stephanie Falcon (UNCG), 6-0, 6-2
6. Chloe Smith (NC State) def. Soumeya Anane (UNCG), 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2)
1. Kissell/Illova (NC State) def. Whitehead/Wilkins (UNCG), 9-8 (7-4)
2. Martinez/Hande (NC State) def. Rios/Gammie (UNCG), 8-2
3. Nelson/Smith (NC State) def. Yurtkuran/Falcon (UNCG), 8-6