In a match filled with talented individual players on both sides, teamwork and chemistry proved to be the difference.
Although the No. 1 North Carolina women’s tennis team split singles matches 3-3 with No. 6 Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels lost the crucial doubles point to open up the day’s play and ultimately lost, 4-3.
The match opened up promisingly enough for North Carolina (16-2, 5-1), as Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham, the second-ranked doubles team in the nation, took down Georgia Tech’s top-ranked tandem of Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones 6-2. The match was a dominant showing for Aney and Graham.
In the two other doubles matches, the Tar Heels would see 2-1 leads erased which lead to identical 6-4 losses for the UNC pairings of Alle Sanford and Marika Akkerman and Makenna Jones and Sara Daavettila.
This allowed Georgia Tech (12-3, 4-1) to take the lone doubles point, giving the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play.