RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's tennis team fell to Maryland, 4-3, on Sunday, March 22, in Raleigh, N.C. at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. The Pack won the doubles point, but was only able to earn victories in two singles matches. NC State falls to 4-10 (1-3 ACC) on the season, and the Terrapins improve to 4-11 (1-4 ACC).
NC State started out with an early lead after winning two of the three doubles matches. The No. 45 doubles team of junior Berkeley Brock and sophomore Lenka Hojckova shut-out Michal Amir and Lisa Miller, 8-0, at No. 1. Karin Lundmark and Maggie MacKeever defeated junior Daria Petrovic and freshman Diana Mortlock, 8-4, at No. 2 to split the doubles contests.
Senior Neils Barringer and freshman Pender Sessoms battled back from a 6-3 deficit to win five straight games and take the 8-6 decision at No. 3 over Jordan Hansbrough and Eleanor Peters.
Hansbrough tied up the match with a 6-2, 6-0, win over Sessoms at No. 6, but No. 99 Hojckova gave the Pack a boost with a 6-2, 6-1, victory over Peters at No. 1.
Barringer fell to MacKeever, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 4, and Brock took down Amir, 6-2, 6-1. Petrovic fell to Lundmark, 7-5, 6-1, at No. 3.
Mortlock and Miller did not finish their marathon first set until after all but one singles matches had already been completed, and the deciding point relied on the No. 5 singles player. Miller came out on top, defeating Mortlock, 7-6(4), 7-5.
The Pack will be back in action on Wednesday, March 25 to face the Duke Blue Devils at 2:30 p.m. at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center.
Maryland d. NC State, 4-3
1. No. 45 Brock/Hojckova d. Amir/Miller (MD), 8-0
2. Lundmark/MacKeever (MD) d. Mortlock/Petrovic, 8-4
3. Barringer/Sessoms d. Hansbrough/Peters (MD), 8-6
Order of finish: 1,2,3
1. No. 99 Lenka Hojckova d. Eleanor Peters (MD), 6-2, 6-1
2. Berkeley Brock d. Michal Amir (MD), 6-2, 6-1
3. Karin Lundmark (MD) d. Daria Petrovic, 7-5, 6-1
4. Maggie MacKeever (MD) d. Neils Barringer, 6-3, 6-1
5. Lisa Miller (MD) d. Diana Mortlock, 7-6(4), 7-5
6. Jordan Hansbrough (MD) d. Pender Sessoms, 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 6,1,4,2,3,5*
*Clinches the win