To begin play, UNC swept all three doubles matches. The Tar Heel duos of Marlene Mejia and Elina Bairos and Erin Niebling and Courtney Zalinski both defeated William & Mary 8-4. Niebling and Zalinski are now 5-0 for the season. The 25th-ranked sophomores Kendrick Bunn and Kate Pinchbeck took the No. 1 match 8-6 to claim the team doubles point.
Sophomore Mejia, who is ranked 13th in the country, won quickly at No. 1 6-0, 6-2. No. 2 Pinchbeck and No. 6 Zalinski in straight sets. Bairos came back to defeat Nina Kamp 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 5 spot.
Barksdale, Brown Earn All-ACC Honors
For the second consecutive season, North Carolina forward LaQuanda Barksdale has earned a spot on the All-ACC first team.
A senior who leads the conference in scoring with 18.9 points per game and currently ranks second in rebounding with 11.6 per game, Barksdale was listed on 63 of 64 ballots cast and was voted to the first team on 58 of those.
She was the leading vote-getter, with 183 points out of a possible 192.
Also earning All-ACC honors was sophomore guard Coretta Brown, who was voted to the second team. UNC's starting point guard, Brown averages 16.3 points and a league-best 6.6 assists per game.
Barksdale and Brown have started every game this season for the Tar Heels, who are 14-13 (7-9) heading into the ACC tournament, which begins Friday in Greensboro.
UNC is the No. 7 seed and opens play at 6 p.m. against No. 8 seed Georgia Tech.