The UNC women’s tennis team has not lost a match since the start of its 2019-20 season.
But just last week, one of senior tennis star Makenna Jones’ professors asked her about her team’s record-breaking 35-match win streak.
Jones had no idea the streak even existed.
“None of my teammates have even talked about it, and I think that that just shows that it really is unimportant," Jones said. "We are just having such a good time and working hard at every match. It’s just something that exists.”
The team’s current streak is the longest in program history, surpassing the 2015 squad’s 27 matches in a row by eight. Those wins have led the team to win back-to-back ITA Indoor national titles — another first for the program.
The Tar Heels' success this season can be attributed to many factors, but three of the most vital are redshirt seniors Jones, Sara Daavettila and Alexa Graham. These players have altogether achieved 356 singles victories to date, along with a multitude of individual honors.
Of the five national team indoor crowns the Tar Heels have won, Jones, Daavettila and Graham have led the team to three of them: 2018, 2020 and 2021.
“The history of success was definitely there,” Jones said. “But when Alexa, Sara and I came in, we all joked like, ‘Let’s see how many rings we can get while we’re here.'"
The women returned for their second senior year after a shortened COVID-19 season, and are joined by 10 other players, including first-year Fiona Crawley, sophomore Elizabeth Scotty and junior Cameron Morra.