No. 1 North Carolina women’s tennis team (19-0) defeated No. 26 Georgia Tech (7-5) 6-1 on Friday in Atlanta, Georgia.
The top two UNC doubles teams struggled against the Yellow Jackets, falling into an early deficit. No. 3 duo junior Fiona Crawley and sophomore Carson Tanguilig was the only Tar Heel team to fall, losing 2-6.
On court three, graduate student Abbey Forbes and junior Reilly Tran started off strong, winning four games to take the lead. However, the North Carolina doubles team struggled to put it away, allowing the Yellow Jackets to tie up the game, 4-4. But, Forbes and Tran halted the Georgia Tech comeback, scraping by with a 6-4 win.
The doubles point was ultimately decided on court one. After getting off to a slow start, No. 15 duo of first-year Reese Brantmeier and senior Elizabeth Scotty found their rhythm and came back to tie the match 4-4. Winning a key break point, Brantmeier and Scotty took the lead, 5-4, for the first time in the match.
The set remained tightly-contested, and Georgia Tech’s junior Carol Lee and sophomore Kate Sharabura tied the score 6-6 to force a tie-break. A slow start plagued the North Carolina duo once again, and they lagged behind 2-4 when the teams switched sides.
Brantmeier and Scotty increased their aggressive play at the net and movement on the court to stage another comeback, tying up the score 6-6. The UNC duo clinched the doubles point for the Tar Heels with a cross-court volley from Brantmeier to win the match, 8-6.
Every singles match was a hard-fought battle. No. 22 senior Anika Yarlgadda put a second point on the scoreboard for the Tar Heels, stopping Georgia Tech’s senior Rosie Garcia Gross’ run late in the second set. Tran and No. 15 Tanguilig survived tie-breaks to clinch the match for North Carolina.
Brantmeier and Crawley cushioned the victory in set tie-breaks, with Brantmeier coming out on top against No. 27 sophomore Kylie Bilchev and Crawley defeating No. 8 Lee.