The No. 4 UNC women’s tennis team lost to No. 10 Georgia Tech 4-3 on Saturday. The defeat ended the Tar Heels' unblemished ACC record.
The No. 4 Tar Heels had a hard start, falling behind 1-0 during doubles. Senior Hayley Carter and sophomore Jessie Aney, the No. 1 doubles team, were the only UNC duo to win doubles (6-2).
The singles pairs also got off to a slow start, with all six courts going back and forth with points. No. 2 Carter and No. 9 first-year Sara Daavettila started to pull ahead, capturing a 3-1 lead while three courts were down and one other was tied. No. 23 Aney won her first round of singles in a tiebreaker.
Only half of the Tar Heels won their first round of singles matches. Daavettila’s singles win put the Tar Heels on the scoreboard, 2-1. Carter’s win tied the score, but first-year No. 40 Makenna Jones’ loss pushed the Jackets up 3-2. Aney’s 7-6, 6-3 win tied the overall score 3-3. Junior Cassandra Vazquez’s loss, however, ended UNC's hopes of keeping their unblemished ACC record and their record of consecutive home wins.