CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
29th-ranked women's tennis team closed out its five-match road swing by
falling 5-2 against top-ranked North Carolina on Sunday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
now, we want things to come easy," head coach Joey Scrivano said. "We
want to win easy. I told them the only way you're going to win easy is
you're going to have to
play hard. The harder you play, the easier things become. The bottom
line is, this group hasn't completely bought into what it takes to win."
To kick off doubles play,
Suarez-Malaguti and Kate Vialle notched the first victory for the Tar
Heels on Court 3 over Baylor's Megan Horter and Kiah Generette, 8-5.
Ashley Dai and Caroline Price clinched the doubles point with a win against Alex Leatu and Alex Clay by the same score.
Baylor's 23rd-ranked doubles tandem of Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva were victorious against
Lauren McHale and Whitney Kay, 8-7(2). The duo has won four matches in a row, totaling a 6-1 overall record.
101 Ashley Dai extended UNC's lead by beating Maria Biryukova on court 5
in straight-sets, 6-2, 6-1. Price notched another point for North
Carolina, downing Generette 6-2,
6-3. The Tar Heels would clinch the match with Kisialeva's loss against Zoe De Bruycker on Court 2, 6-3, 6-2. Soon after, UNC's 19th-ranked Whitney Kay overcame 113th-ranked Horter 7-5,
6-3, making the score 5-0.
The Lady Bears responded with two wins on Courts 1 and 6. No. 12 Burgic pulled off an upset against fourth-ranked
Burgic dropped the first set, 6-3, but would battle back with a 6-1 win
in the second set. Burgic then won the super tiebreaker, 11-9, to take
the third set, 1-0. Burgic
is now 9-5 in the top spot for Baylor.
match against Tessa Lyons was the last to finish of the day. She won
her first set, 6-1, but fell 6-0 in the second. Leatu would ultimately
win the third set, 7-6,
in a 7-3 tiebreak. The win snapped a three-match losing streak for
With this victory, North Carolina (13-1) now has a 3-2 all-time record against Baylor.
falls to 4-10 on the year and has lost five matches in a row for the
first time since 1992. The team is also 3-10 against nationally ranked
opponents and has yet to
win a match on the road (0-6).
The Lady Bears will now head back to Waco for a home match against No. 47 Virginia (3-4) at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The Cavaliers are coming off of a 7-0 win at Maryland.
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