The Tar Heels breezed past the Spiders 7-0 in both teams' first official match of the season.
At last weekend's Carolina Indoor Invitational, UNC's singles lineup was solid, but the Tar Heels were vulnerable in doubles action, capturing only three out of seven matches.
Problem identified. Solution found.
"There were a lot of communication things we needed to work on," UNC coach Roland Thornqvist said. "We did a good job of focusing during the week of practice on improving some of that stuff."
The improvement was evident on the courts. North Carolina won all three doubles matches Saturday, which awarded the Tar Heels one point in the team competition.
Sophomore Marlene Mejia and freshman Julie Rotondi set the tone early by routing Jodi Kenoyer and Jeannette Cluskey 8-3.
Freshman Lee Bairos and senior Erin Niebling chipped in with another 8-3 win against Casey Cohen and Patty Devlin.
The sophomore combo of Kendrick Bunn and Kate Pinchbeck added a hard-fought 8-6 victory. The chemistry between Bunn and Pinchbeck, together ranked 25th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, has made them one of the best doubles teams in the country.
"We find it easy to talk on the court, and we joke around," Pinchbeck said. "It makes it fun, and when it is fun, we play better."