The No. 1 North Carolina women’s tennis team’s match against No. 2 Florida was predestined to be a hard-fought battle for both teams. And it did not disappoint.
Though Florida won 4-2, the Gators needed two of the final three singles matches to clinch the victory, and they found those two wins before the third match ended.
Coach Brian Kalbas said he was proud of his team for its competitive effort, despite a trying past several days of competition that included the program’s first ITA National Team Indoor Championships victory.
“We did not give it to them,” said Kalbas.
It was the Tar Heels’ first loss in a dual match this season.
Freshman Whitney Kay, who was named the ITA Most Outstanding Player in last week’s tournament, was in her third set when her match was stopped after the Gators clinched their match-winning singles victories.
“It’s been a long couple of weeks, but we played really well and we went out and fought,” Kay said. “I’m still very proud of the team.”
She said she was disappointed she couldn’t finish her match but was proud of her team’s combative efforts during a hectic week of competition.
The Tar Heels worked hard for their two points, including one which took nearly two hours to claim — the doubles point, won in a tiebreak by seniors Zoe De Bruycker and Gina Suarez-Malaguti.