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UNC women's tennis downs Wake Forest, advances to ACC semifinals

Makenna Jones UVa.

Makenna Jones follow through on a return shot against Virginia on April 13 at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

The No. 2 North Carolina women’s tennis team faced off against Wake Forest in its first match of the ACC Championship after a double-bye. The No. 3 seeded Tar Heels defeated No. 11 seed Wake Forest 4-1. 

What happened?

UNC (24-3, 12-2) dropped the doubles point to Wake Forest (19-13, 5-9) and went into singles play down 1-0 after No. 3 doubles ranked pair Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham lost their doubles match 6-4 and the No. 22 ranked pair of Sara Daavettila and Alle Sanford lost in two sets, 7-6, 7-3. 

UNC quickly bounced back to dominate singles play, winning the first four sets to clinch the win. Aney finished first on Court Five, defeating her Wake opponent in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. 

Next, No. 7 Makenna Jones won on Court One to keep her undefeated ACC singles record alive. Jones defeated her opponent 6-2, 6-4. No. 41 Daavettila then won on Court Three and Chloe Ouellet-Pizer clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win on Court Six. 

Who stood out?

Jones is undefeated in ACC singles matches this season. After moving to the Court One spot earlier this year, Jones has been unstoppable thus far. 

Jones is one of the top players in the nation, and the Tar Heels will need her to play well in the  rest of the ACC Championship. 

Why does it matter?

UNC’s win against Wake Forest secures the team a spot in the ACC semifinals for the 10th year in the row. 

The Tar Heels are hoping to go back-to-back-to back and win the tournament for the third year in a row, and the team’s downing of Wake Forest provides the team the confidence it needs to face No. 2 seed Georgia Tech in the semifinals on Saturday.

The Tar Heels defeated Georgia Tech in the finals last year, but lost to them earlier this season in a tightly contested 4-3 loss. Their matchup will likely be another close one on Saturday.

When do they play next?

UNC will have a rematch against Georgia Tech at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Cary Tennis Park. 


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