The crowd rose to its feet as Alle Sanford won point after point on Court Two.
The first-year played with increasing confidence with every rally, winning the first set 6-3, then storming back after being down 4-5 in the second set to win 7-5. Her victory clinched the match for the No. 1 North Carolina women's tennis team, in its dominant 7-0 win against Virginia on Friday.
“I think the crowd really really helped Alle,” head coach Brian Kalbas said. “I could really tell they were into it. Maybe it was the ice cream. I don’t know what was going on.”
The free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream certainly could have had an effect, as the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center's bleachers were almost completely full of students. Whatever the case, the team certainly took notice, riding the momentum to its fifth straight ACC win.
It started when the Tar Heels (21-2, 10-1 ACC) won the doubles point with decisive matches on Courts One and Three, winning 6-2 and 6-4, respectively, leaving Court Two unfinished at 5-5.