RALEIGH — N.C. State junior Joelle Kissell will open play in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Singles Championship on Wednesday when she takes on Texas’ Aeriel Ellis.
The singles tournament will be held May 22-27 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.
A two-time All-ACC selection, Kissell is just the second player in program history to be selected to the singles championship twice in a career, joining Kylie Hunt (1994-95).
Last season, Kissell became the second player in program history to advance in the tournament after defeating California’s 48th-ranked Tayler Davis, 7-5, 6-1, in the first round. Sanaa Bhambri was the first to advance in the tournament in 2011.
N.C. State junior Albin Choi was named 2013 ACC Men’s Golfer of the Year on Tuesday as selected by the league’s head coaches. Choi leads all Division I golfers with five victories in the 2012-13 season.
The Toronto, Ontario native joins current PGA Tour member Tim Clark (1997) and fellow Canadian and current Web.com Tour member Matt Hill (2009) as the only three golfers from N.C. State to earn player of the year honors.
Choi has already announced that he will turn pro this summer, forgoing his final season with the Wolfpack.
• Florida State’s Hank Lebioda was selected ACC Freshman of the Year and Duke’s Jamie Green garnered ACC Coach of the Year honors.
Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech each had two players tabbed for the All-ACC team, with Duke, Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia and Wake Forest sending one player.
• The third-ranked and top-seeded Duke women’s golf team carded a two-under-par 286 in the opening round of the NCAA Championship and sits only two shots off the lead with 54 holes of golf remaining at the 6,372-yard, par 72 University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.
Incoming Duke freshman diver Murphy Bromberg qualified for this summer’s World Aquatics Championships with a strong performance in the women’s synchronized 10-meter event Monday at USA Diving’s team trials, held at Florida State’s Morcom Aquatics Center.
Most recently, Bromberg finished second on the platform at the Junior National Diving Championships and placed seventh in the event at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.