The No. 4 North Carolina women’s tennis team swept No. 8 Michigan 4-0 on Thursday in the team’s final non-conference match of the regular season at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The Tar Heels (21-2) avenged their 5-2 loss to the Wolverines (13-4) last season in Ann Arbor.
Head coach Brian Kalbas tweaked the doubles lineups to try and find better chemistry across all three doubles teams, and saw positive results. Senior Hayley Carter and first-year Sara Daavettila re-teamed and picked up where they left off earlier this season, defeating the No. 27 tandem of Mira Ruder-Hook and Brienne Minor, 6-1. Redshirt senior Rachael James-Baker and sophomore Jessie Aney paired together for the first time and recorded a 6-1 victory of their own, giving their team an early 1-0 lead.
Around the midway point of the singles matches, the rain that was threatening all afternoon finally fell, forcing players and fans to run to the indoor courts. The Tar Heels were unaffected by the change in conditions. Sophomore Chloe Ouellet-Pizer quickly doubled her teams lead with a straight-sets win, 6-2, 6-3. Carter put her team one point away from victory with a convincing straight-sets win over No. 22 Minor.