On a cold and windy day in Chestnut Hill, Mass., the weather was the smallest of obstacles the No. 1 North Carolina women’s tennis team had faced in the last few days. The team carried the same unfazed mentality it used this past weekend to defeat No. 63 Boston College Monday and claim the outright ACC regular season title.
In the 4-0 victory against the Eagles (9-9, 3-7 ACC), the Tar Heels (24-2, 10-1 ACC) took the doubles point along with singles wins from freshman Whitney Kay and seniors Lauren McHale and Zoe De Bruycker.
On Sunday, UNC clinched at least a share of the ACC regular season title, but senior Gina Suarez-Malaguti said the team didn’t want to share.
“We’ve worked so hard, and just in comparison to those teams, we’ve really shown we’re the better team,” Suarez-Malaguti said. “We’re classier, more athletic, feistier, more competitive, so after all that hard work, to share that with a team that we don’t consider as tough as we are is sad.”
Had the Tar Heels lost Monday or elected not to return to Boston after having Friday’s match postponed, they would have shared the regular season title with Clemson and UVa., the only ACC team UNC lost to this season.