The Wolfpacker

January 2018

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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92 ■ THE WOLFPACKER Wiktorin and Rogers are the nation's No. 9 doubles tandem following the fall schedule. "Anna is a backhand player," Earnshaw said. "What was great about Martina is a lot of girls don't want to play the forehand side these days, which doesn't make sense, but it is what it is. Seven out of 10 want to play backhand side it seems. "Claudia is very strong on that side also [forehand]. I just made the decision to put her and Anna together." Moldovan could ultimately play with Grimm if they can forge quick chemistry. Moldovan went 12-7 at No. 5 singles last year. "Both of our freshmen [Grimm and Bridges] are forehand side, so that gives us a lot of options," Earnshaw said. The emergence of Reami might surprise some this season, but not Earnshaw. She went 15-4 at No. 4 singles last year. "Reami is ready to move up," Earnshaw said. "She can really hurt you from the baseline. The issue with her was that her physicality needed to catch up to her game." Rebol has impressive intangibles thanks to her energy and leadership skills. The other players gravitate toward her. She went 12-7 last year at No. 6 singles. Earnshaw figured Bridges would take some time to adjust to moving across the country. He compared it to a computer get- ting a bunch of new software and slowing things down. "She did much better in October and No- vember and kind of found her legs," Earn- shaw said. "[The newcomers] are trying to get assimilated with our physical program and the tempo that we do things at." ■ Gardner Marsh Gas Equipment Company, Inc. 8209 Brownleigh Drive 2119 Jody Road Raleigh, NC 27617 Florence, SC 29501 Ph: 919 787 8214 Ph: 843 669 3136 Ph: 800 334 9245 Ph: 800 868 8988 Fax: 800 400 2596 Fax: 843 661 5236 Web: GREGORY D. MILLER, CPA SANDRA A. MILLER, CPA REBECCA A. RHODES, CPA Serving the accounting needs of small businesses and individuals throughout Southeastern North Carolina since 1993. • Tax Planning and Prepara on • Accoun ng and Audi ng Services • Small Business Consul ng Wilmington, NC 265 Racine Drive 910-452-5260 Burgaw, NC 105 East Fremont Street 910-259-4644 We're Pack Proud! Newcomer To Watch Freshman Taylor Bridges The Mesa, Ariz., native has been prioritized in recruiting since Simon Earnshaw took over. Ten- ranked her No. 1 in Arizona and No. 77 overall nationally in the class of 2017. The five-star prospect competed in several domestic and international ITF juniors events, including in New Zealand and Costa Rica. The right-hander at- tended Arizona Connections Academy and trained at Dent Tennis Academy in Keller, Texas. ■ By The Numbers 1 National ranking for Kansas junior Anastasia Ry- chagova of Moscow, Russia, who NC State will face Feb. 3 in Lawrence, Kan. 8 Opponents in dual matches that were ranked in the final top 25 last year by Oracle/ITA. NC State plays North Carolina (No. 5), Texas Tech (No. 7), Georgia Tech (No. 9), Duke (No. 12), Kentucky (No. 18), UCLA (No. 23), Tennessee (No. 24) and Miami (No. 25). 9 Oracle/ITA national ranking for NC State sopho- more Anna Rogers and junior Claudia Wiktorin in doubles. Wiktorin is also No. 61 in the singles rankings.

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