The match was decided by a tie-breaker in the third set of Tar Heel Kate Pinchbeck's match against Duke's Amanda Johnson, ranked No. 18 in the ITA.
As UNC sophomore Marlene Mejia wrapped up a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win, Pinchbeck and Johnson were beginning the third set of a match that had already become exhaustive.
Pinchbeck had lost the first set 7-5. Then she fought back to earn a 7-6 second set in a 9-7 tie-breaker.
As the third set began, Pinchbeck didn't seem to be feeling the pressure. She played as efficiently and smartly as she had in her first two sets.
The last set became a test of endurance and versatility.
"There wasn't a better person to be put in that position," said Kendrick Bunn, Pinchbeck's doubles partner.
Pinchbeck and Johnson rallied fiercely, both with quick feet and strong arms.
Despite her obvious exhaustion, Pinchbeck did a tremendous job at getting to the ball and making big plays.
"She's our little Rudy. She's '5 feet -nothing, 100-nothing' but she's all heart," said Mejia, referring to Pinchbeck's favorite movie.