The No. 1 North Carolina women’s tennis team bounced back in dominant fashion against Virginia Tech on Sunday, earning a 7-0 win that came just one day after its first ACC loss of the season to Georgia Tech at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
In doubles play, Alle Sanford and Marika Akkerman were the first to clinch their set, a 6-3 win. No. 2 Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham quickly followed with a 6-3 victory of their own, earning the day’s doubles point to jump ahead 1-0. Makenna Jones and Sara Daavettila’s doubles match did not finish.
“Our doubles was not pretty at all,” head coach Brian Kalbas said. “We had to grind some points out, and we were able to do that. If you lose the doubles point, you can’t really have one off match (in singles).”
Singles matches turned out to be much of the same for the Tar Heels (17-2, 6-1 ACC). Graham opened up singles scoring with an impressive 6-1, 6-3 win, bringing her spring record to a still-perfect 18-0.
Next to finish was No. 18 Jones, who pitched in with a ho-hum 6-2, 6-3 win. The match was Jones’ first time this season playing on Court One for North Carolina — a spot formerly occupied by No. 20 Sanford.