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Top-ranked women's tennis sails past Clemson on the road, 7-0

women's tennis vs. Georgia Tech
The Women's Tennis team huddles after losing to Georgia Tech on Saturday.

The top-ranked North Carolina women’s tennis team breezed past Clemson on Sunday, winning its sixth straight contest, 7-0. 

What happened?

No. 1 UNC (22-2, 11-1 ACC) went into singles play up 1-0 over the Tigers (12-11, 5-7 ACC) after two 6-3 wins. The first came on Court Two from doubles pair Makenna Jones and Alle Sanford and the second was on Court Three from Marika Akkerman and Chloe Ouellet-Pizer. The win from Akkerman and Ouellet-Pizer clinched the doubles point. The third doubles match went unfinished with No. 2 duos pair Alexa Graham and Jessie Aney up 5-2. 

In singles play, Alexa Graham finished first on Court Three. Graham defeated her opponent in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, to continue her undefeated record in duals matches.

No. 18 Jones on Court One wrapped up next. After a hard fought 7-6 first set victory, Jones put the match away and won the second set, 6-3.

Jesse Aney then clinched the match on Court Four in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. No. 25 Sanford, Ouellet-Pizer and Akkerman each won to make the score 7-0 over the Tigers.

Who stood out?

Graham is still undefeated in duals matches, having not lost a singles match all season. Her consistency has been big for the Tar Heels. She and Jones are both undefeated in league play,  each boasting records of 12-0.

Alle Sanford bounced back after losing her first set against Clemson, 6-4. She recovered and remained composed, winning the next two sets on Court Two, 6-2, 6-3.

When was it decided?

The match was decided early on. The Tigers never threatened, and the Tar Heels grabbed the doubles point to head into singles play ahead. The Tigers were never able to get on the board, dropping every match on the day.

Why does it matter?

The Tar Heels were once again able to win on the road versus an ACC opponent. UNC is a half-game ahead of Duke in the ACC standings and Sunday's win was key in providing the team with confidence before facing the Blue Devils. That match could decide the top seed in this year’s ACC Championship in late April.

When do they play next?

North Carolina takes on the Blue Devils in Durham on Friday at 6:00 p.m.


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