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Sara Daavettila Selected ACC Women's Tennis Player Of The Week
Sara Daavettila of North Carolina has been selected as the ACC Women's Tennis Player of the Week. Daavettila shined in UNC's run to the 2018 ITA National Team Indoor Championship, helping the Tar Heels defeated Ole Miss, No. 9 Duke, No. 8 Texas Tech, and No. 6 Pepperdine. The sophomore from Williamston, Michigan, posted a 4-0 record in singles.
UNC Women's Tennis Wins ITA Indoors National Championship
Third seed North Carolina won its third ITA National Team Indoor Championship with a 4-2 victory over Pepperdine in Monday's title match. No. 5 North Carolina (10-0) entered today's afternoon match in familiar territory having played in the event final four of the last five seasons, while fourth seed Pepperdine (6-1) was making its first appearance in program history.
UNC Beats Duke to Advance to ITA Indoors Title Match
Makenna Jones wound up the hero Sunday by winning the clinching match to send third seed UNC to a 4-1 victory over seventh seed Duke in the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Team Championship. No. 8 North Carolina (9-0) will face No. 6 and fourth seed Pepperdine (6-0) in Monday's title match. The Tar Heels have reached the event final four-straight years.
Sara Daavettila Lifts UNC Past Ole Miss At ITA Indoors
Sara Daavettila clinched the deciding point to lift third-seed UNC to a 4-2 victory over Ole Miss on Friday in the opening round of the ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championship. No. 5 North Carolina will face sixth-seed Texas Tech on Saturday in a quarterfinal match at Nielson Tennis Stadium. The No. 8 Red Raiders dispatched UCLA, 4-2, Friday.
Tar Heels Celebrate Girls And Women In Sports
The group of girls had attended the event before. Still, when UNC celebrated the 32nd annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) on Sunday at Fetzer Gym, each one arrived just as excited about spending the afternoon with Tar Heel student-athletes from nine women's sports teams. Perhaps the largest crowds formed around the rowing station.
UNC Men's Tennis Improves To 7-0 With Win Over No. 16 TCU
Playing its third top-20 opponent in a row, the North Carolina men's tennis team improved to 7-0 Tuesday evening with a 4-3 win over No. 16 TCU at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. The third-ranked Tar Heels won the doubles point and clinched the win at 4-1 before dropping the last two singles matches to finish. "This is a very good win for us," UNC coach Sam Paul said.
UNC Olympic Sports Notes
With the return of leading goal scorer Chris Cloutier and top assist-maker Andy Matthews, the UNC men's lacrosse team entered the season featuring another strong attack. Still, someone needed to fill the void created by the departure of Luke Goldstock, who scored 32 goals last season to finish with 120 in his career. That replacement has proven to be junior Timmy Kelly.
No. 3 UNC Men's Tennis Fends Off No. 12 Illinois
With the match tied at 3-3 and his teammates cheering from the adjacent court, Josh Peck rolled to a 6-2 win in his third set Saturday to earn the UNC men's tennis team a 4-3 win over No. 12 Illinois. On the indoor courts at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, the third-ranked Tar Heels dropped the doubles point but stormed back to preserve their undefeated 6-0 record.
Tar Heel Duo Earns ACC Men's Tennis Honor
North Carolina's Simon Soendergaard and Mac Kiger have been honored as the ACC Men's Tennis Doubles Team of the Week following a three-win week for the third-ranked Tar Heels. Soendergaard and Kiger posted a 3-0 record on the week, playing at the No. 3 spot. Last Monday, they won 6-2 in UNC's 7-0 win over Campbell. The two are 4-0 as a team this season.
Alle Sanford Named ACC Women's Tennis Freshman Of The Week
UNC's Alle Sanford has been named the ACC Women's Tennis Freshman of the Week. Sanford, ranked No. 9 nationally in singles, was key in UNC defeating East Carolina, Davidson, Winthrop and Illinois last week. The rookie from Westerville, Ohio, took down 52nd-ranked Celia Ruiz of ECU and Davidson's Anna Feaster in No. 1 singles matches.
UNC Women's Tennis: Strength in Numbers
When asked about the 6-0 start for UNC women's tennis so far this year, the players' answers had a recurring theme: depth. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team this deep, or been on a team this deep,” Jessie Aney said after Friday’s match. Coach Brian Kalbas is clearly pleased with how well his team is handling the pressure of competition and, again, depth was mentioned.
UNC Olympic Sports Notes
For the fourth straight year, both the UNC men's and women's tennis teams will be heading to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. As part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, the fifth-ranked UNC women defeated Winthrop 4-0 Friday before beating Illinois 4-0 Saturday. The latter win earned the team a spot in the championship.
No. 3 UNC Men's Tennis Battles To Beat No. 17 Michigan 4-2
The third-ranked North Carolina men's tennis team earned a trip to Seattle and a spot in the ITA National Team Indoors field with a hard-fought 4-2 win over No. 17 Michigan Sunday. The Tar Heels improved to 5-0 with the victory, which came in front of an enthusiastic crowd of about 500 and capped play in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at UNC's Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
UNC Women’s Tennis Qualifies for National Indoor Championships by Defeating Illinois
The fifth-ranked North Carolina women’s tennis team punched its ticket for the upcoming National Indoor Championships on Saturday, with a dominant 4-0 sweep over the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have been the ITA National runner-ups in each of the last two years, and took home titles in 2013 and 2015.
UNC Men's Tennis Looks To Build Off Historic Season
With two key additions and the return of players like William Blumberg, the 2017 NCAA singles runner-up, UNC men's tennis will look to build on their recent success with what Sam Paul calls one of the deepest teams in program history. After defeating Bucknell, Wofford and Campbell to start the spring, the Tar Heels' first true learning opportunity comes this weekend.