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May 24, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - No. 2 North Carolina saw its storybook season come to an end Monday as the Tar Heels fell to third-seeded Florida, 4-0, at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Florida (29-2) got singles wins on courts one, two and three after winning the doubles point to advance to Tuesday's national championship match against Stanford. Carolina finishes with a program-best record of 30-5 that matches the Atlantic Coast Conference record for dual match victories in a season.
The Tar Heels found themselves in an early hole for the second straight match, as the Gators got wins at Nos. 2 and 3 to earn the first point. Caroline Hitimana and Anastasia Revzina topped Jelena Durisic and Jocelyn Ffriend, 8-1, on court three before No. 29 Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather defeated No. 31 Katrina Tsang and Shinann Featherston, 8-4, on court two.
Facing an uphill climb in singles, UNC never stopped fighting and kept the match going for close to four hours.
UF got wins from No. 8 Allie Will on court two and No. 65 Marrit Boonstra on court three to push the Tar Heels to the brink, but Carolina threatened to win on each of the other four courts.
At No. 4, Gina Suarez-Malaguti won the opening set from No. 102 Revzina and the match was tied at 3 in the final set when the dual was stopped.