No. 11 Duke forfeits pair of matches as No. 1 North Carolina blanks Blue Devils
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 1 North Carolina made quick work of No. 11 Duke, defeating the short-handed Blue Devils 4-0 on Wednesday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Lauren McHale and Zoe De Bruycker were singles winners for Carolina, and were honored before the match along with fellow senior Gina Suarez-Malaguti.
With Duke (14-7, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) featuring just five healthy players, the Blue Devils were forced to forfeit matches at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles. That left Carolina (22-2, 8-1 ACC) needing to win just one of two doubles contests, and the Tar Heels were able to do that with ease. No. 52 Caroline Price and Whitney Kay defeated Marianne Jodoin and Annie Mulholland 8-1 to clinch the point for UNC.
The doubles tally, combined with the forfeit win at No. 6 singles, gave Carolina a quick 2-0 lead.
McHale was the first Tar Heel to finish in singles, as she defeated Nicole Lipp on court five 6-0, 6-1.
Carolina and Duke split the first set on the remaining four courts, with No. 40 De Bruycker and No. 52 Price taking the opening frame on courts two and four. The Tar Heels needed just one of those two matches to go their way, and it was senior De Bruycker who scored the clinching victory.
De Bruycker played one of her most complete matches of the spring, taking out No. 101 Mary Clayton in complete sets 6-3, 6-2 to give Carolina the dual match win.
Price led 7-5, 4-2 against No. 107 Jodoin on court four and No. 33 Kay led Mulholland 4-6, 6-0, 3-1 when the match was suspended.