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Weekend roundup: Rowing, two women's tennis wins and more

UNC first-year Fiona Crawley returns a volley during a singles' match on March 28, 2021 at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The Tar Heels defeated the Fighting Irish 7-0.

With several of North Carolina's fall sports teams adding spring seasons to their 2020-2021 schedules, The Daily Tar Heel will be recapping some of the action from this spring's busy weekends in roundups for some events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Rowing: Lake Wheeler Invitational (Friday)

The North Carolina women’s rowing team took on seven teams at the Lake Wheeler Invitational this Friday. The results are as follows:

The Tar Heels placed fourth in the first heat of the 1V8 with a time of 6:53.12. They placed third in the 2V8 with a time of 7:12.40, in the 1V4 with a time of 7:34.21 and in the 1V8 repechage with a time of 6:48.62. They placed second in the 2V4 with a time of 7:33.60 and the 2V8 repechage with a time of 7:03.35. The Tar Heels also placed fifth in the 3V8 with a time of 7:33.28. Lastly, they placed first in the 2V4 repechage and the 1V4 repechage. 

The team will compete on Saturday in the A and B finals from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lindsay Callihan, staff writer

Women's tennis: UNC 4, Wake Forest 0 (Friday)

The No. 1 North Carolina women’s tennis team (24-0, 11-0 ACC) is in Rome, Ga. this weekend for the ACC Championships, and on Friday they defeated Wake Forest 4-0 in the quarterfinals.

Despite a solid victory over the Demon Deacons, the Tar Heels had to remain focussed throughout their matches as inclement weather forced a relocation to the indoor courts, which required a 45-minute break in the action. 

In singles, UNC gave up only eight games in the three matches that were completed. No. 24 junior Cameron Morra won 6-1, 6-1, No. 34 senior Alexa Graham won 6-2, 6-1, and No. 112 sophomore Elizabeth Scotty won 6-2, 6-1. These results left the Tar Heels needing only one more point to claim the match.

That critical point came from their stellar doubles play, where they won two out of the three matches to assume an insurmountable four-point lead over Wake Forest. The No. 12 duo of graduate Makenna Jones and Scotty won 6-3, and the No. 3232 partnership of senior Alle Sanford and first-year Reilly Tran won 7-5.

The Tar Heels will look to carry this momentum into the next round, where they will meet Virginia on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Deven Wackett, staff writer

Women's tennis: UNC 4, Virginia 1 (Saturday)

The North Carolina women’s tennis team (25-0, 12-0 ACC) earned another day at the ACC Championships after defeating Wake Forest on Friday. On Saturday they continued that positive momentum, defeating Virginia 4-1.

In singles, UNC won three of the four matches that went to completion. No. 23 graduate Makenna Jones won at singles 7-6, 6-4, No. 31 first year Fiona Crawley won on court five, 6-2, 6-1, and first year Reilly Tran won at court six singles 6-3, 6-0. These results gave UNC a 3-1 lead going into the doubles where they could claim the critical fourth point by winning at least two of the three matches.

The Tar Heels did just that, winning all three of the doubles ties. The #3 duo of senior Sara Daavettila and junior Cameron Morra won 6-2 at first doubles, the #12 partnership of Jones and sophomore Elizabeth Scotty won 6-4 at second doubles, and #32 senior Alle Sanford and Tran completed the doubles sweep with a 6-4 win at third doubles. 

North Carolina will look to claim the ACC Championship trophy on Sunday, when the Tar Heels will match up against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at 10 a.m.

Deven Wackett, staff writer

Softball: Duke sweeps UNC

The Duke Blue Devils swept the North Carolina softball team during their four-game series. 

The Tar Heels started the series with a close 4-3 loss. UNC led the game throughout the fifth and sixth innings, but lost the lead by giving up two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. 

UNC struggled to keep the score close during Friday’s double-header games. The Tar Heels lost the first game on Friday 8-0. UNC appeared to start on the right foot in the second game of Friday’s double-header by going into the second inning with a 2-0 lead. The Tar Heels wouldn’t score again until the ninth inning while Duke scored nine runs throughout the second, fourth and fifth innings on their way to a 9-4 victory. 

It looked like the Tar Heels would finish the series with a win in Sunday’s tilt until giving up two runs in the seventh inning, giving Duke a 4-3 victory. UNC junior pitcher Katie Grace Olinger allowed only six runs and two hits during Sunday’s game until allowing three hits and two runs in the seventh inning. 

The Tar Heels four-game skid moves them to a 12-22 season record and puts them 10th in the ACC standings. 

Cooper Metts, staff writer

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