College tennis matches aren’t quiet, they’re loud.
They’re filled with screams from the players and cheers from the crowd, and when the No. 2 North Carolina (24-0, 12-0 ACC) women’s tennis team beat No. 12 Virginia (15-5, 8-3 ACC) 4-3 in Friday's rivalry matches, there was even yelling between players on the court and fans on the bleachers.
But it wasn’t coming from UNC’s Hayley Carter, it was coming from her opponent, No. 37 Danielle Collins.
Collins matched up with No. 14 Carter on Court 2 after trailing to her and Whitney Kay in doubles 6-3 when the point was decided. During the heated second set in singles, Collins, the 2014 NCAA individual champion, fought with the crowd after losing a tiebreaker to Carter in the first set. When the crowd called her out for poor sportsmanship, the junior screamed back and later looked for confirmation that her strong plays didn't go unnoticed. When the crowd booed her, she continued to yell back.
But Carter never missed a beat, even when those around her laughed at the spectacle.