North Carolina opens season with wins against SoCon, in-state rivals
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Third-ranked North Carolina opened its dual match season with a pair of convincing victories against Elon and North Carolina-Greensboro on Wednesday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Carolina (2-0) won both matches by identical 4-0 scorers against its in-state rivals from the Southern Conference.
In the afternoon match with Elon, the Tar Heels cruised to take the doubles point as the 10th-ranked duo of Caroline Price and Whitney Kay earned a 6-1 victory.
No. 12 Jamie Loeb and Hayley Carter was the first to finish, winning 6-2 against the Phoenix.
Ashley Dai, playing fourth singles, was the first to post a singles victory for UNC when she made quick work of a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
Senior Tessa Lyons was next to finish at No. 6 singles, winning 6-1, 6-0.
Jamie Loeb, who plays in the No. 1 singles slot for Carolina and the second ranked player in the nation, clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-3 win against 69th-ranked Jordan Johnston.
And in the nightcap against the Spartans, UNC switched up its doubles and earned the same result as the afternoon session against Elon.
Lyons and Slater teamed up for a 6-0 win, while Price and Carter clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 victory.
Carter was the first to finish in singles against UNCG, while Lyons and Loeb followed soon after with victories of their own to cap a long, but successful day of tennis for the Tar Heels.