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WACO, TEXAS (GoHeels.com)— The No. 2 seed North Carolina women’s tennis team fell in the quarterfinals to the 7th-seeded UCLA Bruins 4-1 Sunday at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center on Baylor University’s campus.
This was a rematch of the NCAA Championship match last spring, in which UCLA won 4-3.
Caroline Price and Kate Vialle dominated in their doubles match, quick to win 8-0 over Chanelle Van Nguyen and Terri Fleming.
#35 duo Hayley Carter and Whitney Kay battled in their match, ultimately falling to #9 Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady 8-5.
It came down to Jamie Loeb and Ashley Dai’s match with #3 Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips to determine the doubles point. After keeping it close for much of the match, Loeb/Dai ultimately fell 8-4, giving UCLA the 1-0 advantage.
At that point, Carolina faced an uphill battle they had only faced twice before this season: the first time against Duke in the final match of the season, where they ultimately won, and against Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Championship where the Cavaliers came out on top.
#20 Price was the first to finish in singles, dropping her match 6-4, 6-1 to #47 Brady and making it 2-0 UCLA.
#102 Kay pulled a huge upset over #33 Harrison 6-3, 6-4 to give Carolina its first point of the match, cutting the deficit to 2-1.