On a rainy Friday afternoon in Chapel Hill, the No. 2 ranked North Carolina women’s tennis team took to the indoor courts at the Cone-Kenfield Center in its matchup against No. 13 ranked Florida State. The Tar Heels continued their unrivaled domination of the ACC, taking down the Seminoles 4-0 to improve to 23-1 on the season and 11-0 in conference play.
UNC started the day off with its formidable doubles pairings, which featured some of the top duos in the nation. Alexa Graham and Jessie Aney joined forces as the No. 8 ranked doubles pairing, but lost 6-2 to the No. 46 ranked Seminole pairing of Emmanuelle Salas and Ana Oparenovic. Despite this surprising setback, UNC powered back with a win from Makenna Jones and Alle Sanford which tied the score at 1-1 and set up a critical third match to decide the doubles point. It was at this crucial moment in which Sara Daavettila and Cameron Morra took their Seminole opponents down to the wire and secured the 6-4 victory and the first point of the day.
Head Coach Brian Kalbas saw the doubles play as a sign of his team’s versatility, despite his most dominate pairing losing their first match of the season.
“They’ve been carrying us all year,” Kalbas said in reference to Graham and Aney. “It was nice for the other two teams to step up and reestablish themselves and win the doubles point.”