The No.1 North Carolina women’s tennis team faced off against Louisville on Sunday and defeated the Cardinals 6-1 in Bass-Rudd Tennis Complex.
UNC (20-2, 9-1 ACC) took the lead early when it clinched the doubles point with wins on Court One from No. 1 doubles pair Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham and Court Two from doubles pair Makenna Jones and Sara Daavettila.
The Tar Heels went into singles play up 1-0 over the Cardinals (13-8, 3-7 ACC). Court Six wrapped up first when Marika Akkerman won the second point for the Tar Heels by defeating her Louisville opponent in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 30 Daavettila then won on Court Three, 6-4, 6-0, and Chloe Ouellet-Pizer defeated her opponent, 6-1, 7-5 to secure the win. No. 76 Graham then won on Court Two to remain undefeated in dual matches this season.
No. 14 Makenna Jones had a come-back win on Court One to put the Tar Heels up 6-0, and Jessie Aney lost in a tiebreaker on Court 5 to give Louisville its only point of the day.
Who stood out?
The obvious stand out for this team is Graham. Graham is undefeated in duals matches, is a part of the No. 1 doubles pair in the nation and has moved her way up to Court Two as the season has progressed.
Jones is also a huge asset to the team. She recently took over the No. 1 spot on the team, replacing a struggling first-year Alle Sanford.