The No. 1 North Carolina women’s tennis team fell apart in a 5-2 loss to No. 4 Duke with a 5-2, breaking their six match win streak.
UNC came into the match with an edge as the only team in the nation to have six singles players in the top-125 this week. The team has also been ranked No. 1 for the last 10 weeks.
The doubles matches started out neck-and-neck. Neither team wavered as they fought its rival. Court Two, home of No. 23 sophomore Sara Daavettila and first-year Alle Sanford, lost 6-3, but Court Three, quickly rallied to level out the playing field. Sophomore Makenna Jones and redshirt junior Marika Akkerman slipped past the Blue Devils with a 6-4 victory.
It came down to duo junior Jessie Aney and sophomore Alexa Graham, who are currently ranked as the No. 1 doubles team in the nation. After being down 5-4 once the other two courts finished, North Carolina weathered long rallies and scrappy hits to reach a tie 6-6, sending the match to a tiebreaker. Aney and Graham came out with a 7-6 victory, with a 7-5 win in the tiebreak, giving UNC the lead heading into singles.