The Wolfpacker

July-August 2022

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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40 ■ THE WOLFPACKER BY MATT HERB efore her father would let her take up tennis as a young girl, Jaeda Daniel had to assure him of some- thing. She had to convince him that she was going to take the game seriously. Because if she wasn't go- ing to take it seriously, Mhyrlito Daniel didn't see much point in even starting down that path. "My dad wouldn't let me play un- less I really, really wanted to," Daniel recalled. "He wasn't going to just give me a racket. For whatever reason, he was big on that. "He was like, 'Unless you really want to play, I'm not going to make you play.'" Daniel did want to play, and her desire to excel — a desire fueled in part by a competitive relationship with her older sister Jeannez — helped turn her into one of the top players in collegiate tennis. This past May, it also helped turn her into a national champion. Daniel and her doubles partner, senior Nell Miller, claimed the first NCAA championship in the history of the NC State women's tennis program, defeating Daevenia B DYNAMIC DUO Jaeda Daniel And Nell Miller Make History By Claiming The Wolfpack's First Women's Tennis National Crown Wolfpack head coach Simon Earnshaw paired Daniel (left) with Miller (right) in January, and the doubles duo went 27-5, including a victory over a team from Miami (Fla.) in the NCAA championship match. COURTESY NC STATE ATHLETICS

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