The No. 1 North Carolina women’s tennis team defeated Virginia Tech, 7-0, on Sunday, securing its sixth ACC regular season title in seven seasons.
The Tar Heels (26-1, 14-0 ACC) took the lead early on with two doubles wins to secure the doubles point against Virginia Tech (8-15, 2-12 ACC). The No. 7 duo of Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham won the first match for North Carolina, defeating Natalie Novotna and Rita Pinto, 6-1. Alle Sanford and Sara Daavettila defeated Sarah Baron and Samantha Gillas, 6-2 to clinch the doubles point for UNC. On Court Two, No. 6 Cameron Morra and Makenna Jones went up against Virginia Tech's Nika Kozar and Nina Sorkin and left the match unfinished, 4-2.
In singles, No. 6 Graham took the first victory, defeating No. 124 Novotna, 6-2, 6-2. Next off the court, No. 5 Jones beat Kozar, 6-1, 6-2. No. 12 Daavettila defeated Gillas, 6-2, 6-1, cementing the lead for the Tar Heels, 4-0. Sanford defeated Sorkin, 6-4, 6-2.
Although Aney lost the first set in singles to Pinto 6-3, she came back with a win in the second set, 6-1. In a third-set tiebreaker, Aney took the victory against Pinto, 10-4. Brought to another tie breaker, No. 36 Morra defeated Elizabet Danailova, 7-6(8) in the first set. In the second set, Morra beat Danailova, 6-2, to secure the final singles point win, bringing the Tar Heels to a 7-0 victory over Virginia Tech.