In perhaps the best season yet for NC State women’s tennis, 2022 has been a banner and defining year for the Wolfpack. After an impressive and dominant season in nearly every aspect of on-court play and off-court chemistry, NC State has now solidified itself as the top power in college tennis.
With a single-season high of 26 wins on the year, NC State finished the 2022 campaign with a program-best final ranking of No. 6. Over the course of the season, however, the Pack reached No. ° 2; the highest ranking ever by NC State. An extended stay in the top three nationally ranked teams for most of the season was earned by NC State’s impressive 19-1 record in the first two months of play and the best conference start in the Pack. in the history of the program.
With defining moments for the program attending the regular season, the playoffs saw even more record-breaking action for the Wolfpack. After securing the right to host the Super Regional Round of 16 of the NCAA Championships, the Pack advanced to their second straight quarterfinal appearance after defeating Tennessee and California at home. Despite falling in the quarterfinals to Duke, the pack’s representatives at the national singles and doubles championships also made huge strides for themselves and for the program.
To cap off the already stellar season, No. 1-ranked graduate pair Jaeda Daniel and senior Nell Miller won the National Doubles Championship title in Champaign, Illinois, putting an exclamation mark on the dominating doubles game of Wolfpack. Daniel and Miller’s impressive run through opponent after opponent in the championships earned NC State tennis its first-ever national championship, ending in championship victory for the top-ranked pair.
NC State also had success in the singles championships, including sophomore Abigail Rencheli, who tied for the program’s best run in the tournament. To earn a berth in the quarter-finals, Rencheli pulled off the surprise of the tournament by defeating reigning national champion and top seed Emma Navarro of Virginia in three sets. While Rencheli, Daniel and Miller have all made strides for the program in the playoffs, the success in the 2022 season was truly a team effort.
During the season, it was NC State’s doubles play that almost always gave the Pack an early 1-0 advantage in their games. While the No. 1 duo of Daniel and Miller led the doubles line-up, the No. 24 pair of Rencheli and second Amelia Rajecki followed close behind as rookie Priska Nugroho and second Sophie Abrams completed the impressive list of pairs of doubles from the pack.
While NC State’s doubles play was perhaps its greatest asset during the regular season, its singles roster began to reach its full potential towards the end of the 2022 campaign. Daniel and Miller served as first and of two seeds, while Nugroho had an outstanding freshman season in singles. The young star will no doubt continue to be a vital part of the NC State roster with his incredibly consistent and calculating style of play.
However, with Daniel ending his collegiate career with a national championship, the Pack will have a big hole to fill next season. With young players such as Rencheli and Nugroho set to lead the Pack in singles, the rest of the squad will surely continue to grow and evolve despite Daniel’s absence.
With the Pack just a few end-of-season wins away from entering the playoffs on the top three nationally ranked teams, there’s always room for improvement in one of the top conferences in the nation for college tennis. Opponents such as Duke, UNC Chapel Hill and Virginia have given NC State its fair share of challenges throughout the season, but the Pack will be more confident than ever to face these opponents head on in the future with its growing lineup. , his extensive playoff experience and talented coaches.
With a national championship under their belt and several promising players on a roster full of talent, the Wolfpack are poised to stay and dominate in the highest levels of college tennis after their historic 2022 season.