RALEIGH -- The North Carolina women's tennis team crushed N.C. State 7-0 Wednesday in Raleigh. UNC didn't drop a set in any match and improved to 13-5 overall, 4-2 in the ACC.
Marlene Mejia, Julie Rotondi, and Kate Pinchbeck led the way for UNC with wins in the top three singles slots. Mejia was leading N.C. State's Kristin Lam 4-1 in the first set when Lam retired. Julie Rotondi handled Katrina Gildemeister, 6-1, 6-3 while Kate Pinchbeck topped Jackie Leskovar, 6-2, 6-3.
Kristin Koenig disposed of Kristen Nicholls, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4 seed singles while Elina Bairos beat Myrna Bawono,
7-5, 6-0. Courtney Zalinski defeated Jennifer Jassawalla, 7-5, 7-6 in the sixth-seeded slot.
In doubles play, Kendrick Bunn and Kate Pinchbeck beat Loni Worsley and Leskovar, 8-5. At the No. 2 seed, Marlene Mejia and Julie Rotondi stopped N.C. State's team of Gildemeister and Bawono 8-5. Elina Bairos and Courtney Zalinski teamed to put down Jassawalla and Lam 8-1.
"I am very happy with how well we played today," UNC coach Roland Thornqvist said. "We did a good job against a tough N.C. State team. These rivalry games can be difficult to play, but we focused well and competed hard to win the match."
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