On April 21, the UNC WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM made history by adding yet another ACC Championship trophy to their display case. The Tarheels had the No. 1 seed coming into the tournament, following their dominant 26-1 regular season. They beat both their first-round opponent Syracuse and second-round opponent Miami in straight sets to earn a spot in the championship game against rival Duke.
The Blue Devils would prove a tougher matchup than previous opponents, with Kelly Chen and Ellyse Hamlin taking third and fifth singles from the Tar Heels. But, victories from Makenna Jones, Cameron Morra and Alle Sanford in first, fourth and sixth singles, as well as doubles victories from Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham, as well as Sara Daavettila and Sanford would bring UNC the victory.
Of special note is that every starter on the squad won at least one of either their singles or doubles matchups, displaying the high caliber of this group. The rankings reflect this dominance too; Jones and Graham entered this matchup ranked No. 6 and 7 in the country, respectively, with Daavettila No. 14 and Morra 41. The doubles squad of Jones/Morra was ranked No. 6 with Aney/Graham right behind at No. 7.
The Tar Heels carried the championship momentum into the NCAA tournament in which they also won the first two rounds against South Carolina State and Oklahoma in straight sets. They then went on to beat Oklahoma State 4-2 and UCLA 4-1, making the NCAA semi-finals. Unfortunately, they then lost to Stanford. Still, no one can deny this was one of the most dominant seasons of college women’s tennis we’ve seen in the Triangle in a long time.