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UNC women's tennis stays undefeated after first ACC win against Miami

Senior Alexa Graham in a match against Old Dominion on January 25. Away at Miami, Graham defeated the No. 1 ranked Estela Perez-Somarriba in UNC's victory over the Hurricanes.

No. 1 North Carolina Women's Tennis finished its weekend with another victory over Miami on Sunday. The Tar Heels secured a number of match victories on their way to a 6-1 finish at Coral Gables.

What happened?

North Carolina started the day with a win in the doubles round. The duo of junior Alle Sanford and senior McKenna Jones struck first on court three with a dominate 6-1 win against Maya Tahan and Nada Dimovska. 

Miami responded to the Tar Heels with a victory of its own from Daevenia Achong and Selma Cadar on court two. The pair defeated first-year Elizabeth Scotty and sophomore Cameron Morra, 6-2, as all eyes turned to court one for the conclusion of the round.

UNC's senior duo Sara Daavettila and Alexa Graham, once again showed their dominance, as they clinched a tough 6-4 victory over Florencia Urrutia and Estela Perez-Somarriba to secure the doubles point for the Tar Heels.

Moving into singles competition North Carolina continued its momentum and won five of the six singles matches including the first four matches in singles play. The first Tar Heel victory came from court three where Morra defeated Cadar in straight sets. North Carolina quickly secured another straight set victories from Jones on courts four and Sanford added the third singles win in three sets on court five.

Graham won the next point for the Tar Heels in the tie-break set against Perez-Somarriba. Court six also went on to a tie-break set, with Miami's Nada Dimovska securing the sole Hurricane victory of the day. Daavettila finished off the day for North Carolina with a win over Achong.

Who stood out?

Graham and Daavettila both had a dominant day for the Tar Heels. In doubles, the duo fought hard in a long match to secure the final win that gave the doubles point to UNC. 

Despite the long match early on, both remained victorious in their respective singles matches. Graham battled hard forcing her match to a tie-break set after Miami's Perez-Somarriba won the first set of the match. Daavettila also remained dominant despite a long match, claiming her victory on a 6-4 win in the final set of the day.

When was it decided?

After the initial point in doubles, the Tar Heels quickly racked up the remaining three points necessary to leave Florida with another victory. The win was clinched by Sanford with her 6-4 victory in the third set, ending her back-and-forth match against Miami's Tahan.

Despite the early victory the Tar Heels and Hurricanes played out the remaining matches where North Carolina added two more wins finishing the day 6-1 over Miami.

Why does it matter?

The Tar Heels faced their first ACC competition in Florida this weekend and will leave the Sunshine State perfect with this win and a win against Florida State on Friday. North Carolina will look to continue this momentum as the look towards more competitive competition within the ACC. 

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will play Virginia, Friday, Feb. 27 at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, where they will look to stay perfect in 2020 with yet another victory.


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