No. 12 NU rallies against No. 8 UNC
Truvy lifts Wildcats to victory with win at No. 1 singles position
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 12 Northwestern collected its 700th win on Friday on the road and in comeback fashion against No. 8 North Carolina 4-3. No. 1 singles player Kate Turvy clinched the victory with a thrilling three-set win.
Turvy was up to the task against McHale, who was ranked 16th. She won the tight first set 6-2 before dropping the second 6-3. In the winner-take-all final frame, Turvy outlasted her highest-ranked foe to date, 6-3 to cap off the comeback for the 'Cats.
For the second consecutive time the 'Cats found themselves in a one-point deficit following the doubles round. Head coach Claire Pollard left her top pair of Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton in tact, but the sixth-ranked tandem was defeated by Shinann Featherson and Lauren McHale. Northwestern fell behind six games to none before scoring and ended up losing 8-1.
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Pollard rearranged her second and third teams to throw a new look at the Tar Heels. Brittany Wowchuk and Belinda Niu were paired at number two, while Veronica Corning and Turvy formed the third pairing.
Corning and Turvy also fell behind 5-1 before beginning to mount a comeback. The Wildcats sliced the deficit to two at 6-4, but UNC's Laura Slater and Gina Suarez-Malaguti took two of the next three games to win 8-4 and clinch the doubles point.
Wowchuk and Niu got off to a fairly smooth start and had a 4-3 advantage midway through the set. Unfortunately for the visitors, Haley Hemm and Tessa Lyons caught fire for North Carolina and rattled off five consecutive game-winners to claim an 8-4 win and complete the sweep in doubles play.
Corning faced a tall task in UNC's Caroline Price, who entered play ranked 55th. Price notched the second point of the afternoon for the Tar Heels by defeating the Wildcat in consecutive sets 6-1, 6-3. Niu quickly answered and earned Northwestern's first win of the match with an easy 6-0, 6-1 triumph against Suarez-Malaguti.
Abu Mushrefova was the next to finish her match at No. 5 singles, and won to tie the match at two victories apiece. She knocked off UNC's Lyons, 6-4, 6-1 to notch her fourth singles win of the season for the Wildcats.
The final three singles matches of the day needed a third set to be decided. For the second consecutive time, Hamilton prevailed at the No. 6 position to give the Wildcats a crucial point. After dropping the first set, 6-2, she rallied to win 6-3 and 6-1 to seal the point for Northwestern.
Wowchuk, ranked 86th and playing No. 2 for the first time this season, lost the first set to Featherson, 6-3 before turning things around. She won the second set, 6-2 but was defeated in the third, 6-4.