The No. 3 North Carolina women’s tennis team defeated Miami, 6-1, in Coral Gables, Fla. Friday’s meeting was a rematch of the 2016 ACC Championship final where the Tar Heels (17-1, 4-0 ACC) were also victorious over the Hurricanes (4-6, 3-2 ACC).
UNC got off to a quick start in doubles play as senior Hayley Carter and sophomore Jessie Aney, the nation’s No. 1 doubles team, made easy work of Sinead Lohan and Maci Epstein, defeating Miami’s No. 1 team, 6-0. Junior Cassandra Vazquez and first-year Alexa Graham sealed the opening point for their team with a 6-3 win, as redshirt senior Rachael James-Baker and first-year Sara Daavettila were down 5-2.
With No. 24 Aney up 6-3, 2-0, her opponent, Epstein, was forced to retire, which doubled UNC’s lead to 2-0. In a battle of first-year players, UNC’s Makenna Jones was victorious over Dominika Paterova in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. The Hurricanes’ lone point of the day came when No. 66 Estela Perez-Somarriba defeated No. 4 Sara Daavettila in three sets, with Daavettila only winning one game in the last two sets. That cut UNC’s lead to 3-1, with three matches yet to finish.