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Key seniors will return for NC State softball, women’s tennis in 2021

Senior athletes in spring sports are allowed to come back for one more go-’round in 2021.

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Since the NCAA is offering a re-do for all spring sports athletes, that provides the opportunity for graduating seniors to come back for another year, if they so choose. Both the NC State softball and women’s tennis programs are some early beneficiaries.

Wolfpack softball will return a significant part of its lineup from the shortened 2020 season—seniors Tatyana Forbes, Brigette Nordberg, and Angie Rizzi will be back next year. Forbes hit .538/.593/.648 and swiped 14 bags in 25 games before the season was canceled. Nordberg hit .281/.365/.625 with a team-high seven homers, while Rizzi hit .313/.395/.612.

Two other seniors on the softball team have opted to move on, and as both have job offers despite everything that’s going on, I don’t blame them in the least.

The women’s tennis program will welcome back Adriana Reami and Anna Rogers, both of whom have been instrumental in the team’s ascent to top-10 status. Both were ranked as top-25 singles players this season, and Rogers is a three-time All-American. The team should be excellent once again with those two returning, and they’ll get the opportunity to end their careers by making some postseason history.