After coming up short in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Team Championship finals against California, the No. 2 North Carolina’s women’s tennis team turned to No. 8 Michigan for a chance to rebound and regain speed.
The Tar Heels faced off against the Wolverines on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. But the top-10 matchup proved to be a challenge for UNC, as it lost 5-2.
The mistakes started early for the Tar Heels in the doubles matches.
Junior Hayley Carter and senior Whitney Kay were defeated in their doubles match, 6-4, followed by senior Ashley Dai and first-year Chloe Ouellet-Pizer losing, 7-6 (7-4). The Tar Heels dropped the doubles point for the first time this season.
UNC needed to rebound in singles in order to give itself a chance of squeaking out a win against Michigan. Kay and Carter proved their leadership, giving the team some fire early in the singles matches.