The North Carolina women’s tennis team won its fifth straight dual match Thursday, with the victory coming in dominant fashion.
No. 3 UNC handled Minnesota 7-0 at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill.
The Tar Heels (12-3, 1-0 ACC) started quickly, sweeping Minnesota (4-10, 0-1 Big Ten) in doubles to earn the first point.
Shinann Featherston and Gina Suarez-Malaguti won their match 9-7, Jelena Durisic and Haley Hemm won 8-5 and Laura Slater and Jennifer Stone won 8-3.
After securing the doubles point, it was smooth sailing in singles play with UNC losing only one set.
“We have had such a tough schedule, and any time you can win in a convincing manner like this, I think it adds a lot of confidence and gives you a lot of momentum going into the rest of the season,” UNC coach Brian Kalbas said.
The 7-0 win was especially important since it was the Tar Heels’ last non-conference match before returning to ACC play for the remainder of the season.
“Every team in the conference is ranked in the top-47 in the country which says so much about how strong our conference is,” Kalbas said. “We just have to make sure we show up and compete in every match and just take it one match at a time.”
Especially dominating in the win were sophomores Suarez-Malaguti and Zoe De Bruycker, who finished first and second respectively and each posted perfect 6-0, 6-0 singles victories. Suarez-Malaguti was playing in the fourth spot while De Bruycker was playing at the one.