4/18/2010 11:17pm

Marand, Tsang lead in final women's tennis home match

Down 7-0 in doubles with partner Lauren McCreless, Florida State’s Francesca Segarelli crushed a ball over the heads and outstretched rackets of two simultaneous jumpers.North Carolina’s Sanaz Marand and Katrina Tsang could only smile at each other.

4/14/2010 12:47am

Freshman Jose Hernandez tried to fight off cramps in his match against Duke.

UNC's Hernandez falls in tennis match against Duke

DURHAM — The celebrations started immediately after Reid Carleton barely held on to give No. 14 Duke a 4-3 Senior Day victory against the No. 19 North Carolina men’s tennis team Tuesday night.While Duke fans yelled, “Let’s go Duke,” the Blue Devils’ players rushed the court and jumped around their teammate to congratulate him on the match-clinching win.

4/14/2010 12:39am

Junior Stefan Hardy won in both singles and doubles Tuesday afternoon. DTH/Lauren Vied

Men's tennis falls to Duke in nail-biter of a finish

DURHAM — Up 5-4 in the final set of the deciding match against rival No. 14 Duke, North Carolina’s Jose Hernandez let out a scream of pain and frustration.The UNC freshman had leg cramps so severe that he could barely move around the court.

4/11/2010 10:17pm

Men's tennis senior day is bittersweet

For North Carolina men’s tennis, Sunday’s Senior Day win was bittersweet.On one hand, the No. 19 Tar Heels took down No. 24 Georgia Tech and dropped only two of the six singles matches.On the other, the two UNC seniors, Clay Donato and Andrew Crone, were the Tar Heels who lost.

4/7/2010 11:54pm

Sanaz Marand, UNC’s No. 1 singles player, propelled the Tar Heels to a win against Duke. DTH/ Lauren Vied

Marand delivers under pressure

She did it again.For the second time this season, North Carolina tennis player Sanaz Marand defeated Duke opponent Ellah Nze in the final, decisive match to seal the victory for the Tar Heels (20-3, 7-0 ACC) on Wednesday.Marand, a senior in her last match at Duke, was able to overcome the pressure of having the match on her shoulders and deliver a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory.

4/7/2010 11:50pm

No. 2 Tar Heels triumph over Duke

DURHAM — Like a Jenga tower superglued together, North Carolina doubles didn’t fall easily. No. 7 Duke had to claw and tug to get the Tar Heels to break.The Blue Devils (17-3, 5-1 ACC) took the doubles point, and the stench of overconfidence lingered over Duke’s Ambler Tennis Stadium as single rallies began.

4/1/2010 12:47am

UNC's Suarez-Magaluti showcases strength in tennis victory

She goes by Pichi.And though her nickname may draw reference to a soft, fuzzy fruit, North Carolina tennis player Gina Suarez-Malaguti is known more for her hard-hitting game that leaves her opponents in the pits.“My mom gave me that nickname since I was born,” Suarez-Malaguti said. “It comes from ‘pichina,’ which means ‘little girl’ in Italian.”

3/31/2010 12:42am

Men’s tennis drops ?rst game in ACC vs. Wake

The No. 20 North Carolina men’s tennis team’s hopes of an undefeated ACC season faded with a 5-2 loss to No. 24 Wake Forest.The afternoon started well for UNC (12-3, 3-1) when the No. 17 doubles pair of Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy rolled past Demon Deacon counterparts Steven Forman and Zach Leslie, 8-4.

3/21/2010 11:55pm

ose Hernandez returns a ball against Auburn’s Tim Hewitt on Friday at UNC’s Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. DTH/Lauren McCay

Tennis slides by Tigers in last non-ACC match

With his team down 3-2, UNC freshman Jose Hernandez knew that his teammates were counting on him to pull out a victory.And with their hopes on his back, Hernandez rode the strength of his powerful forehand to secure a three-set victory against Auburn’s Tim Hewitt.

3/21/2010 10:15pm

Freshman tennis player rallies for the win

With his team trailing 3-2 against Auburn, freshman Jose Hernandez showed maturity far superior to the level his nickname Bebo, Spanish for “baby boy,” indicates.Hernandez cruised to win the first set 6-2 against singles opponent Tim Hewitt and built a 5-3 lead in the match’s second set.

3/15/2010 11:12pm

UNC Women's basketball nabs 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

Despite dropping an unexpected number of games this season, North Carolina managed to get a postseason bid.The 10th-seeded North Carolina women’s basketball team will open NCAA tournament play against No. 7-seed Gonzaga at 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the Sacramento region.

3/15/2010 11:06pm

UNC men's tennis takes ?rst conference win

Strong play from the start helped the No. 30 North Carolina men’s tennis team avenge last year’s loss to N.C. State, winning 6-1 in a match that was closer than the final score indicated.Senior Clay Donato, ranked 49th nationally, overcame a slow individual start to win his singles match 6-4, 6-2.

3/5/2010 12:22am

Katrina Tsang came away with a win in her singles match against N.C. State. DTH/Andrew Dunn

No. 2 UNC women's tennis beats N.C. State

A huge smile cracked the intense face of Katrina Tsang as she pounded away the final serve of her single’s match. She worked unceasingly to clinch the win, but North Carolina’s clean  7-0 score against N.C. State would not hint at the battle its players fought.No. 2 UNC (13-1, 1-0 ACC) bested the Wolfpack for its third straight 7-0 victory, and the 12th consecutive match defeating N.C. State in regular season play.

2/25/2010 11:00pm

Kyle Baker struggled down the stretch of his first match this season, but he pulled it together for a win. DTH/Daixi Xu

Donato rests as men's tennis defeats Navy

Even without its celebrated captain Clay Donato, the UNC men’s tennis team cruised en route to a comfortable 6-1 victory over Navy.The No. 22 Tar Heels (7-2) dominated all three doubles matches, losing only seven combined games. Ryan Noble fit in seamlessly with Donato’s usual partner Stefan Hardy to defeat Navy’s Owen Bullard and Eddie Konrad 8-5.

2/25/2010 10:34pm

Kyle Baker perseveres in tennis despite injuries

With the nickname “Shake,” it seems like Kyle Baker would have no problem shaking off pressure.But in his tennis match against Navy, the North Carolina junior was having a hard time finishing off his opponent.

2/25/2010 10:27pm

UNC women's tennis climbs to No. 1

The view from the top is thrilling. Gazing down from it is the North Carolina’s women’s tennis team, No. 1 in the nation.The Tar Heels’ climb culminated Tuesday from No. 18 all the way to the top, a position UNC has never been in before.Coach Brian Kalbas said he was pleased with the success of his team and proud of its work so far.