The No. 1 North Carolina women’s tennis team (16-1, 4-0 ACC) defeated Louisville (10-4, 2-2 ACC), 4-0, in a dominating performance.
The Tar Heels easily earned the doubles point with quick victories by the duos of junior Makenna Jones and sophomore Alle Sanford and senior Jessie Aney and junior Alexa Graham. Jones and Sanford picked up a strong, 6-0 win on Court Two. This was the first time the two have played together in the 2019 duals season, but they looked comfortable throughout the match. Aney and Graham also won, 6-1, on Court One. The matches ended simultaneously, so the two pairs got to celebrate their doubles wins together.
UNC also breezed through singles play. However, their highest-ranked tennis player faced a tough challenge on Court One. Louisville senior Sena Suswam started out on fire, putting No. 2 Mckenna Jones in a tough spot early. Suswam took a 3-0 lead, playing with lots of intensity and energy. It was clear she was motivated against one of the top college players in the nation.
However, Jones did not back down. She won a tough point on her opponent’s serve to give her some much needed momentum. It fueled her first-set comeback, which she won, 6-4. Jones held a 3-2 lead in the second set before the match was called off because UNC had already secured the overall victory.