#13 North Carolina 4, #4 Vanderbilt 0

May 19, 2005

ATHENS, Ga. - For only the second time in the program's history, the North Carolina women's tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships after defeating Vanderbilt 4-0 Thursday afternoon at Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georiga. Carolina (23-9) will face the winner of the Northwestern/Clemson match on Friday at 11 a.m. Fourth-ranked Vanderbilt ends the season with a 22-6 record.

The last time North Carolina went to the NCAA quarterfinals was in 2002, the first ever such trip for the women's tennis program. Making its seventh NCAA appearance this year, UNC moves to 11-6 in NCAA play.

Head Coach Brian Kalbas is now 18-9 in NCAA play. In his 13 years of coaching, this marks the third time Kalbas has taken a team to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals. In 1997, Kalbas took William & Mary to the quarterfinals for the first time ever in that program's history. In 1998, the Tribe advanced again to the final eight.

In their last meeting, Vanderbilt edged Carolina 4-3 in February at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis. But coming off a 4-0 win over #15 Duke last Saturday in the second-round, the Tar Heels came out strong in Thursday's round-of-16 match.

Thirteenth-ranked North Carolina jumped to a 1-0 lead over Vanderbilt quickly after dominating in doubles. At No. 3, Caitlin Collins and Tanja Markovic defeated the Commodores' Carolina Ferrell and Annie Menees 8-2. Collins and Markovic improve to 9-3 together on the season and are on a five-match winning streak.

The Tar Heel tandem of Kendall Cline and Aniela Mojzis, the nation's fifth-ranked doubles team, clinched the doubles point after beating 30th-ranked Audra Falk and Amanda Taylor 8-4 at No. 1. The senior pair, who have already earned All-America honors this season, improve to 32-8 this year.

In singles action, Mojzis put the Tar Heels up 2-0 after her win at No. 1. Ranked 41st, Mojzis took a 6-2, 6-1 upset win over 17th-ranked Falk. In Fe

Collins captured the third point of the match after she defeated Vanderbilt's Menees 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5.

Markovic clinched the Tar Heels' 4-0 victory after beating Ferrell 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6. Markovic also clinched UNC's 4-0 victory over Duke last Saturday in the second-round of the tournament after beating Jennifer Zika at No. 6.

2005 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships
Final Score:
#13 North Carolina 4, #4 Vanderbilt 0
Doubles (One point to UNC):
1. #5 Kendall Cline / Aniela Mojzis (UNC) def. #30 Audra Falk/Amanda Taylor (VU), 8-4
2. #40 Sara Anundsen / Jenna Long (UNC) led. #47 Taka Bertrand / Amanda Fish (VU), 7-3
3. Caitlin Collins / Tanja Markovic (UNC) def. Carolina Ferrell/Annie Menees (VU), 8-2*
Order of finish: 3, 1
* Clinching match

Singles:
1. #41 Aniela Mojzis (UNC) def. #17 Audra Falk (VU), 6-2, 6-1
2. #28 Amanda Fish (VU) led #24 Kendall Cline (UNC), 7-5, 0-1
3. Jenna Long (UNC) led #58 Taka Bertrand (VU), 7-6, 2-2
4. Amanda Taylor (VU) led Sara Anundsen (UNC), 7-6, 0-2
5. Caitlin Collins (UNC) def. Annie Menees (VU), 6-2, 6-1
6. Tanja Markovic (UNC) def. Caroline Ferrell (VU), 6-2, 6-2*
Order of finish: 1,5,6
* Clinching match

Records: North Carolina (23-9) Vanderbilt (22-6)

QUOTES

North Carolina 4, Vanderbilt 0

North Carolina Head Coach Brian Kalbas

We definitely played really well in doubles. It was probably, down the line, the best weve played all year. We have a lot of respect for Vanderbilt. After doubles we got off to a strong start in singles and took a lot of the confindence and momentum they may have had.

Vanderbilt Head Coach Geoff Macdonald

First of all, I commend North Carolina for playing a great match. Im disappointed for us, but we had a wonderful year so thats what well focus on. Weve still got a young team so we will grow from this. We didnt play very well today and that happens. I thought we played nervously in doubles. We didnt come out with the fire to win. Then in singles North Carolina played very well. We just didnt get into a rhythm today.

-- Courtesy North Carolina