Lady Vol tennis falls to NC State in 2nd round of NCAA Tourney

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RALEIGH, N.C. (UT Sports) -- The 20th-ranked Tennessee women's tennis team battled with No. 12 overall seed NC State, but fell short during the NCAA Tournament's Round of 32 Sunday afternoon, 4-0.

The Lady Vols finish the season with a 20-8 overall record – the most wins for the program in its three seasons under the direction of head coach Alison Ojeda and most overall since 2011. Tennessee also defeated four top 25 teams, and won nine SEC matches – also the most since the 2011 season.

Shortly after the start of singles, play was suspended for one hour and eight minutes due to inclement weather in the Raleigh area. The match was moved indoors, where only four courts were able to be used. As a result of that, just three courts were able to complete their respective matches.

In the clinching match for the Wolfpack, senior Sadie Hammond stormed out to a first-set victory over the 10th-ranked Anna Rogers, 6-1, but dropped sets two and three on Court 1, 3-6, 2-6.

In another ranked matchup on Court 2, No. 124 Kaitlin Staines forced a second-set tiebreak, but fell to No. 71 Alana Smith, 6-1, 7-6 (5).

NC State's first singles win came from Adriana Reami on Court 3, as the Wolfpack junior defeated Lady Vol freshman Rebeka Mertena.

NC State (24-6) won the doubles point behind close victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots in the lineup.

On Court 2, Johanna Silva and Mertena, winners of six of their final seven doubles matches, defeated Reami and Claudia Wiktorin, 6-4.

In a top-10 matchup, No. 9 Hammond and Staines fell to NC State's No. 7 Rogers and Smith on Court 1, 6-4.

Tenika McGiffin and Ariadna Riley battled back and forth on Court 3 with Bianca Moldovan and Liz Norman, but fell by an identical score of 6-4.

RESULTS
No. 12 NC State 4, No. 20 Tennessee 0

Singles
1. #10 Anna Rogers (NCSU) def. #62 Sadie Hammond (UT), 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. #71 Alana Smith (NCSU) def. #124 Kaitlin Staines (UT), 6-1, 7-6 (5)
3. Adriana Reami (NCSU) def. Rebeka Mertena (UT), 6-2, 6-2
4. Johanna Silva (UT) vs. Liz Norman (NCSU), 6-2, 5-7, unfinished
5. Ari Riley (UT) vs. Bianca Moldovan (NCSU), 4-3, unfinished
6. Tenika McGiffin (UT) vs. Amanda Rebol (NCSU), 2-0, unfinished

Doubles
1. #7 Rogers/Smith def. #9 Hammond/Staines (UT), 6-4
2. Mertena/Silva (UT) def. Reami/Wiktorin (NCSU), 6-4
3. Moldovan/Norman def. McGiffin/Riley (UT), 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles (3, 2, 1); Singles (3, 2, 1)

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