LAKE NONA, Fla. – Seventh-ranked NC State women’s tennis (12-2, 4-1 ACC) topples UCF (7-7) with another near sweep to finish 6-1 over the Knights.
NC State picked up the first win of the day as Sophie Abrams and Abigail Rencheli dominated court three to finish 6-1 and put the team ahead. Shortly after on court two Nell Miller and Amelia Rajecki fell 0-6 on court two to tie the doubles score and leave it up to Alana Smith and Diana Shnaider.
Shnaider and Smith led from the get go and faced little adversity when snagging their win to claim the doubles point for the Wolfpack.
The Wolfpack carried their steam from doubles play over into singles as they ended up claiming victories on five out of the six courts.
The first singles point came on court one for Shnaider when her opponent, No. 30 Marie Mattel had to retire. No. 9 Smith handled business as usual on court two as she took care of her opponent in only two sets.
Each member of the team grabbed the first set on every court but courts three through six were extended through three sets.
Rajecki was the next to secure her conquest when she finished 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 over UCF’s Stefani Webb.
In true Rencheli fashion, she gritted through a third set tiebreaker to extend the lead for her team and finish 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3).
Although known for her dominating doubles play, Miller participated in singles again and added another win to her colum with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 score.
The only singles loss of the day took place on court five when Abrams fell in three tough games to give up a point to the Knight’s Nandini Sharma.
#7 NC State 6, #26 UCF 1
Order of Finish: (3, 2, 1)
1. #18 Shnaider/Smith (ST) def. #61 Biolay/Mattel (UCF) 6-4
2. Sharma/Webb (UCF) def. #9 Miller/Rajecki (ST) 6-1
3. Abrams/Rencheli (ST) def. Kattenberg/Saidenova (UCF) 6-1
Order of Finish: (1,2,3,5,6,4)
1. #35 Diana Shnaider (ST) def. #30 Marie Mattel (UCF) 6-0, 2-1, retired
2. #9 Alana Smith (ST) def. Noel Saidenova (UCF) 6-4, 6-1
3. #18 Amelia Rajecki (ST) def. Stefani Webb (UCF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4. #55 Abigail Rencheli (ST) def. Sophia Biolay (UCF) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Nandini Sharma (UCF) def. #123 Sophie Abrams (ST) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
6. Nell Miller (ST) def. Jaleesa Leslie (UCF) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
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