The No. 1 UNC women’s tennis team continued its dominant run to start the season on Sunday, defeating the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines 4-1 at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center to improve to 11-0 on the season.
The match started slowly for the Tar Heels in doubles. On Courts One and Two, the tandems of Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham, and Alle Sanford and Sara Daavettila, both dropped their first three games to start the match.
After the slow start, Aney and Graham came back to win six straight games for the win on Court One. Sanford and Daavettila fought their way back to a 4-3 lead, until they ran out of steam and fell 6-4.
The doubles point came down to Makenna Jones and Marika Akkerman, who won four straight games to win 6-2 to capture the advantage, after a 2-2 split to start the match.
After an early lead, six singles matches followed. North Carolina got its first singles victory on Court Five, when Aney handled Michigan’s Alex Najarian, 6-2, 6-4. Aney’s victory was followed up by a strong showing from junior Chloe Ouellet-Pizer who won 6-2, 6-3, to put the Tar Heels within a point of victory.