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Women's Tennis Gets Historic Win At Tournament

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 04/20/2017
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Freshman Klara Smolikova has a school-record nine wins. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
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NORFOLK, Va. (April 20, 2017) – The North Carolina A&T women’s tennis team deserves major congratulations after their historic win on Thursday in the MEAC Women’s Championship Tournament. The Aggies defeated Norfolk State 4-2 to advance in the tournament for the first time since the start of the millennium.  

The Aggies will face 12-time MEAC champion South Carolina State Friday morning at 9. The Aggies are now 7-12 on the season. Their seven wins are a school record. The Aggies wins in singles came from junior Khalia Powell, sophomore Angelica Martinez and freshman Klara Smolikova. Smolikova also owns a school record. She picked her ninth win of the season to improve to 9-9 on the season as she defeated Bruna Goncalves 6-4, 6-1. Martinez won in straight sets over Ana Popovic 6-3, 6-1. Martinez improved to 7-12 on the season, while Powell earned her fifth win of the season with 7-6, 6-2 win over Liza Gordeeva.

Singles at the No. 1 position was not finished between Dajana Cvjetkovic. Nadia Hilton-Adams lost at No. 4 and Kanishka Chawla lost at No. 6. The doubles point went to N.C. A&T after Ramirez and Martinez won at No. 2 doubles over Paula Fortuno and Aranza Mellet. The point was clinched when Smolikova and Chawla defeated Goncalves and Popovic.

If the Aggies can keep their historic season going, then they will play in the championship match Saturday at 9 a.m. The Aggies have never won a MEAC championship.

North Carolina A&T State vs Norfolk State
Apr 20, 2017 at Norfolk, Va.

North Carolina A&T State 4, Norfolk State 2

Singles competition:

1. CVJETKOVIC,Dajana (NSUW) vs. RAMIREZ, Sheyla (NCATW) 2-6, 6-2, 1-2, unfinished
2. POWELL, Khalia (NCATW) def. GORDEEVA,Liza (NSUW) 7-6, 6-2
3. MARTINEZ, Angelica (NCATW) def. POPOVIC,Ana (NSUW) 6-3, 6-1
4. FORTUNO,Paula (NSUW) def. HILTON-ADAMS, Nadia (NCATW) 6-2, 6-3
5. SMOLIKOVA, Klara (NCATW) def. GONCALVES,Bruna (NSUW) 6-4, 6-1
6. MELLET,Aranza (NSUW) def. CHAWLA, Kanishka (NCATW) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition:

2. RAMIREZ, Sheyla/MARTINEZ, Angelica (NCATW) def. FORTUNO,Paula/MELLET,Aranza (NSUW) 6-1
3. SMOLIKOVA, Klara/CHAWLA, Kanishka (NCATW) def. GONCALVES,Bruna/POPOVIC,Ana (NSUW) 6-2

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