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GoHeels.com - The latest chapter in the North Carolina and Duke rivalry in women's tennis wound up a 4-0 shutout victory for the second-seeded Tar Heels in the NCAA Championship Round of 16 on Friday morning from the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
North Carolina (33-2) took the doubles point and later received singles wins from Haley Carter and Sara Daavettila, and Jessie Aney clinched the win on court three in a match that took just over two hours to complete.
Carolina will face seventh seed Stanford in a quarterfinal match on Sunday at 12 p.m. The Cardinal disposed of 10th seed Michigan, 4-1, on Friday. UNC and Stanford last met in the 2014 NCAA Semifinals right here in Athens. Freshman Jamie Loeb earned the deciding point in a thrilling 4-3 victory for the Tar Heels.
The doubles portion of the morning was a one-sided affair. On court three, freshmen Makenna Jones and Daavettila posted a lopsided, 6-1, victory. The All-American duo of Carter and Aney followed with a 6-2 win on court one.
The Blue Devils won the doubles point in the regular season meeting between the two Tobacco Road rivals, but it was a different story today. All three Carolina tandems earned a service break on the opening point and a focused effort saw the Tar Heels take a 1-0 lead.
No. 2 Carter won 6-0, 6-3 over #80 Samantha Harris to register her 167th career singles victory. She remains a perfect 27-0 in dual matches this season.
No. 18 Daavettila displayed great form during a 6-2, 6-1 win over #43 Mebile Chi on court two. The ACC Freshman of the Year improved to 40-9 in singles.
No. 35 Aney was locked up in a quality dual with #55 Chalena Scholl, but prevailed, 6-4, 6-4, to send the Heels into the quarterfinals for the eighth time in program history and the fourth time in five years.
RamblinWreck.com – It all came down to the last match for a spot in the quarterfinals and despite Georgia Tech wining the doubles point, Oklahoma State fought back in singles play to take the win 4-3. The Jackets picked up singles wins from Kenya Jones and Nami Otsuka as Tech finished the season with a 27-5 record.
DOUBLES ACTION: Georgia Tech raced out in doubles, dropping just two games to claim the point and the early lead. First off the court, the 29th-ranked duo of Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones swept No. 13 Vladica Babic/Carla Tur Mari, 6-0. Tech clinched the point from the two seed as No. 23 Johnnise Renaud and Rasheeda McAdoo downed No. 48 Aliona Bolsova/Katie Stresnakova, 6-2.
SINGLES PLAY: It was a back-and-forth battle in singles play with the match coming down to court three for the deciding point. The Cowgirls tied the match with a straight set, 6-0, 6-2, victory at the top seed before Jones gave the Yellow Jackets a 2-1 lead with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Babic on court four. Lena Ruppert knotted the match for the second time at 2-2, taking a 6-4, 6-2 win over Luca Fabian on court six. OSU snagged its first lead of the match when Katarina Adamovic took two 6-3 sets over Renaud at No. 2 for a 3-2 edge.
Moments later, Otsuka claimed Tech’s second singles match of the evening, battling for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win on court five over Stresnakova, moving the match score to 3-3 and leaving the decision on court three. OSU’s Bolsova fought back in the first set to claim the set 7-5, but Hourigan handled the second set, 6-1. Trailing 4-2 in the deciding third set, Hourigan broke serve to move to 4-3. The junior fought back from 15-40 in her service game to the deciding point, but Bolsova went ahead 5-3 and served out the match for a 6-3 third set win, clinching the match for the Cowgirls.