The Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational concluded on Sunday for the North Carolina women’s tennis team. No. 22 Jessie Aney won two matches over the weekend by was defeated by Florida's Anna Danilina in three sets on Sunday.
The tournament in Newport, R.I., kicked off on Friday with four Tar Heels in action. No. 4 Sara Daavettila was upset by Princeton's Katrine Steffensen in a match that took three sets. Steffensen took the tiebreaker, 11-9. Aney and No. 42 Alexa Graham both defeated their opponents in straight sets, and Alle Sanford defeated LSU's Kennan Johnson despite dropping the first set of the match.
All four Tar Heels returned to action on Saturday in a disappointing day. Aney defeated Florida's Josie Kuhlman in three sets. However, Aney would be the only Tar Heel to taste victory on Saturday, as the rest of her teammates were defeated.
Sunday, the final day of the tournament, didn't bring any victories for the Tar Heels. But there was some exciting news for one of the players. Although Jessie Aney did fall to Danilina (6-7, 6-1, 10-7), she earned a wildcard into a USTA professional circuit event.
The Tar Heels’ next tournament is the Oracle ITA Masters from Sep. 21 to 24 in Malibu, Calif. Some players will also be participating in the Furman Invitational from Sep. 22 to 24 in Greenville, S.C.