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NC State women’s tennis reaches Elite Eight for 1st time in school history

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The job that Simon Earnshaw has done since taking over the NC State women’s tennis program in 2015 is nothing short of incredible, and his team continues to set records. The Wolfpack defeated Southern Cal 4-1 on Sunday morning to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.

NC State, which is the No. 6 overall seed in the field, defeated VCU and Iowa State to reach the Sweet Sixteen; USC upset No. 11 Florida to get here. The Pack took full advantage of that break and will face No. 3 Georgia for a berth in the Final Four.

Earnshaw, meanwhile, is already the most successful coach in school history. In fact, no coach who has spent more than a season in Raleigh has left with a winning record. Earnshaw is 123-69, and has won 47 ACC matches. HIs predecessor, who coached for 13 years, won a total of 34 ACC matches. It’s not easy to build a program at a place with a lengthy losing tradition, but he’s done it.

Congrats to coach and to the ladies for the great year they’ve had.