Junior Alexa Graham and first-year Sophia Patel left the Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C., on top after winning their respective singles flights over the Sept. 21-23 weekend.
Four players competed as a part of the team's opening weekend for the fall season.
No. 60 Alexa Graham came close to going out in the first round after losing the first set 6-1, but then decisively came back to win the next two sets 6-2, 6-3. She continued to dominate in the next round, winning the match 6-1, 6-1. However, her fight to the finish was close. She earned a come-from-behind win, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to secure the title for Flight 1.
In Flight 9, Sophia Patel secured wins against opponents from South Carolina, Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt to claim a title of her own.
Senior Chloe Oullet-Pizer and freshman Cameron Morra joined Graham and Patel at this tournament, but were not as successful on Saturday of the tournament. Both players lost close, three-set matches in the second round of their flights of the tournament before recovering with a third round win.
UNC women’s tennis also entered two doubles teams in this tournament: Patel / Oullet-Pizer and Morra/Graham, but both lost in the first round of their flights.
Who stood out?
Although it is Graham and Patel who walked away from Greenville with titles, all of the Tar Heels played well in the season-opening tournament.