Women's Tennis ACCtion: Wednesday, April 7

April 7, 2010

No. 2 Carolina Outlasts No. 7 Duke, 4-3

DURHAM, N.C. - No. 2 North Carolina got three-set victories from Katrina Tsang, Shinann Featherston and Sanaz Marand to rally from a 3-1 deficit to beat No. 7 Duke, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon at Amber Tennis Stadium. After dropping the doubles point and two of the first three singles matches, the Tar Heels got victories on courts one, two and five to hand the Blue Devils their first home loss in over two years.

The doubles point came down to the No. 2 position after each team claimed a victory. Duke's Elizabeth Plotkin and Reka Zsilinszka defeated UNC's Haley Hemm and Jocelyn Ffriend at No. 3, 8-5, before Carolina responded with an 8-3 win at No. 1 from the No. 11-ranked duo of Marand and Sophie Grabinski.

The Blue Devils (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) then clinched the point at No. 2, with Mary Clayton and Monica Gorny outlasting Tsang and Featherston, 9-7.

Despite the doubles loss, Carolina (20-3, 7-0 ACC) started strong in singles, taking early leads on four of six courts.

On court six, Gina Suarez-Malaguti made quick work of Clayton to even the match at 1. Suarez-Malaguti, who is unbeaten in dual match play this spring, cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 victory.