March 2, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina, the nation's top-ranked squad in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) women's poll, did not drop a set in all six singles matches and lost just seven games in three doubles events to earn a 7-0 non-conference win over East Carolina at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center Saturday afternoon.
The loss snapped a three-match win streak for the Pirates and dropped their record to 7-3. The Tar Heels improved their spring dual match mark to 12-1 with the victory.
North Carolina opened play by capturing the doubles point, using 8-3 and 8-2 triumphs at the No. 1 and No. 3 slots, respectively, before Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Kate Vialle completed the sweep with a similar 8-2 victory against Abby Richmond and Neena Wanko at the No. 2 position.
The Tar Heels continued their strong performance in singles, only dropping a combined seven games in five of the six matchups. Senior Yilian Zhang turned in the Pirates' top effort in her 6-2, 6-4 setback to Ashley Dai in a No. 3 meeting.
In other action, Zoe De Bruycker snapped Wanko's seven-match win streak with a 6-2, 6-0 decision at No. 1, Caroline Price dismissed Melis Tanik 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2, Vialle rolled past Danielle Terpko by a 6-2, 6-0 score at No. 4, Tessa Lyons downed Dana Gray 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5 and Laura Slater blanked Richmond 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6.
The Pirates will take a 12-day break before resuming their schedule Thursday, March 14 when they travel to Davidson for a 3 p.m. match.
No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 7, EAST CAROLINA 0
No. 1 - No. 32 Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) def. Neena Wanko (ECU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 - No. 25 Caroline Price (UNC) def. Melis Tanik (ECU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 - No. 101 Ashley Dai (UNC) def. Yilian Zhang (ECU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 - Kate Vialle (UNC) def. Danielle Terpko (ECU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 - No. 93 Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Dana Gray (ECU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 - Laura Slater (UNC) def. Abby Richmond (ECU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 - Whitney Kay/Lauren McHale (UNC) def. Tanik/Zhang (ECU) 8-3
No. 2 - Gina Suarez-Malaguti/Vialle (UNC) def. Richmond/Wanko (ECU) 8-2
No. 3 - Lyons/Slater (UNC) def. Dana Gray/Terpko (ECU) 8-2
Team Records: East Carolina 7-3, North Carolina 12-1