DURHAM — Although the average fan may view the single point a team receives for winning doubles as trivial, that was the point the No. 11 North Carolina women’s tennis team desired the most after falling to No. 1 Duke 5-2 Sunday at Ambler Tennis Stadium in Durham.
After using the point to its advantage en route to beating Wake Forest 5-2 Friday, UNC’s (11-3, 3-1 ACC) top-10 tandems of No. 9 Jamie Loeb and Hayley Carter and No. 5 Caroline Price and Whitney Kay looked to set the tone once again.
Both duos were locked in highly contested battles from the first serve with neither side capable of gaining an edge. Each team entered its seventh game tied at 3-3. But the similarities didn’t stop with the score.
It seemed every time Price and Kay notched a point, Loeb and Carter would join in on the fun almost immediately with one of their own on the neighboring court. Loeb said this was the result of the motivation the teams give one another.
“I think we all feed off of each other,” Loeb said. “Like when we’re winning and winning points, I think we can all sense it, and it makes us want to keep winning as well. I think it’s a team dynamic. Even if we’re down, we still pick each other up and try to motivate each other to keep winning.”