CARY, N.C. – The NC State women’s tennis team was defeated, 4-0, by North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the 2013 ACC Women’s Tennis Championship Friday afternoon at the Cary Tennis Park.
The Tar Heels (25-2, 10-1 ACC) came out swinging at the start of doubles play with an 8-2 victory in the No. 2 spot, as Zoe De Bruycker and Ashley Dai defeated the Wolfpack’s sophomore duo of Nicole Martinez and Elisha Hande. UNC clinched the doubles point shortly after when Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Tessa Lyons outlasted senior Chloe Smithand sophomore Sophie Nelson, 8-4, at the No. 3 spot, and took a 1-0 lead in the overall match.
NC State (14-9, 4-7 ACC) could not flip the momentum in its favor at the beginning of singles play, as UNC collected a victory in the No. 4 spot when the 56th-ranked Caroline Price defeated freshman Rachael James-Baker, 6-2, 6-1 to give the Tar Heels a 2-0 lead.
North Carolina pushed the Wolfpack to the brink when Lauren McHale downed Hande, 6-2, 6-4, at the No. 5 spot, before 36th-ranked Whitney Kay clinched the match with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over Smith in the No. 3 spot.
The Wolfpack will await word from the NCAA Selection Committee on an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Championship. The selection show will be aired live on Tuesday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Tennis Match Results
#2 North Carolina 4, #47 NC State 0
1. #7 Gina Suarez-Malaguti (UNC) vs. #49 Joelle Kissell (NCSU) 7-5, 4-4, unfinished
2. #44 Zoe DeBruycker (UNC) vs. #80 Tatiana Illova (NCSU) 6-3, 3-5, unfinished
3. #36 Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Chloe Smith (NCSU) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
4. #56 Caroline Price (UNC) def. Rachael James-Baker (NCSU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Lauren McHale (UNC) def. Elisha Hande (NCSU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Tessa Lyons (UNC) vs. Nicole Martinez (NCSU) 6-7, 6-2 unfinished
1. #61 Caroline Price/Whitney Kay (UNC) vs. Joelle Kissell/Tatiana Illova (NCSU) 5-6, unfinished
2. Zoe DeBruycker/Ashley Dai (UNC) def. Nicole Martinez/Elisha Hande (NCSU) 8-2
3. Gina Suarez-Malaguti/Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Chloe Smith/Sophie Nelson (NCSU) 8-4
NC State 14-9; National ranking #47
North Carolina 25-2; National ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,5,3)
ACC Championship - Quarterfinals