When Makenna Jones and Cameron Morra stepped onto the court, they didn't expected they'd endure an hour-long battle against East Carolina’s Alisa Diercksen and Lisa Hofbauer.
Focused on the next point and not getting weighed down by past mistakes, No. 2 Jones and Morra defeated No. 49 Diercksen and Hofbauer 7-6 (3) in a tiebreaker to give the North Carolina women's tennis team its first point of the night in an eventual 7-0 sweep of the Pirates.
“(East Carolina) played extremely well; they were serving really well,” head coach Brian Kalbas said. “We just tried to weather the storm and just stay focused and play our game. Cam missed a couple volleys, but I told her, ‘Yeah, you got great volleys, you just gotta want the ball,’ and she came up with some big moves and volleys at the end.”
Morra and Jones were paired together in the fall and won the doubles title at the ITA Carolinas Regional, their first competition together.
“I just kinda threw them together,” Kalbas said. “I thought in my mind tactically that they could be a good team, and emotionally they’ve become a really good team. Their styles complement each other really well. Cam is so good from the baseline and Makenna’s so active at the net. They really do a great job of setting each other up. Makenna has a good shape to her ball and obviously Cam hits a flatter ball so I think the variety that they bring really frustrates a lot of opponents.”