In yet another big win this season, the No. 3 North Carolina women’s tennis team defeated Syracuse, 5-2, on Friday to keep the Tar Heels perfect on the road and in the ACC.
North Carolina (21-1, 9-0 ACC) remains dominant in doubles play after fighting back against the Orange (11-7, 4-5 ACC). It’s been North Carolina’s way this season to start out assertive in doubles play, and Friday was no different.
Jessie Aney was able to do what she’s been doing best this year: win quickly and fiercely in doubles. Alongside Alexa Graham, Aney knocked out the 71st ranked doubles team in Syracuse’s Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez, 6-2.
On Court Two, Makenna Jones and Alle Sanford weren’t able to secure a win for the team, and surrendered 6-2 to the Orange. It would have to be the third doubles team to get UNC on top, and Cameron Morra and Sara Daavettila delivered. In a 7-6 (3) win, the pair battled out Syracuse to score the doubles point for UNC.
Daavettila and Graham got an early 3-0 lead for UNC with their straight-set victories to start off singles. Daavettila won 6-1, 6-2, and Graham took the victory 6-3, 6-2.
Aney started out with a strong 6-1 first set win, but Syracuse's Sofya Treshcheva managed to force a tiebreaker in the second set. Aney displayed her career-long determination to claim the tiebreaker, 7-4, and the match. The victory now moves her to fourth place in North Carolina history for most career singles victories.
Dina Hegab avoided the shut out for the Orange with a 6-3, 6-2 win against UNC’s Sanford. Morra was also able to secure another win for the Tar Heels in her three set rally, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0. The win brought the overall score to 5-1.
The only other Syracuse points added to the board came when Knutson edged out North Carolina’s Jones to win it 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.