The North Carolina women’s tennis team (33-3, 13-1 ACC) and Stanford (26-2, 10-0 PAC 12) entered Sunday’s match ready for a battle.
After just over four hours of competing at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts in Athens, Georgia, Stanford proved to have more magic left in its tank, as the Tar Heels fell for the third and final time in the NCAA quarterfinals, 4-2.
“I’m proud of our team, especially that we never gave up,” North Carolina head coach Brian Kalbas said. “We were down many match points in several matches and we kept fighting. It was really a tribute to our team, the character we have and the mental toughness we continued to have the entire season.”
For only the second time all year, senior Hayley Carter and Jessie Aney lost their doubles match on Court One, 6-1. The upset — paired with a 6-1 North Carolina loss on Court Two — gave Stanford the opening it needed to seize the ever-so-crucial doubles point.
In singles, Carter made quick time of her opponent on Court One, defeating No. 38 Caroline Doyle 6-1, 6-0, to tie the match at one apiece. Immediately after, though, Stanford’s No. 54 Taylor Davidson defeated Aney in straight sets (6-2, 7-5) to put the Cardinal in the driver’s seat for good.