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North Carolina Athletics | May 15, 2014

UNC sweeps by Texas A&M

ATLANTA -- Seventh-seed North Carolina won 4-0 against 10th-seed Texas A&M in the Round of 16 at the NCAA DI Women's Tennis Championship on Thursday at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.

The match was originally scheduled to be played outdoors in Athens, Georgia, at 9 a.m., but the rain forced a venue change to the indoor courts on the campus of Georgia Tech.

The Tar Heels will face second seed Alabama at noon Saturday in Athens.

North Carolina (27-5) won an epic doubles match with Texas A&M (21-7) to earn an early 1-0 lead. After splitting on court Nos. 2 and 3, the opening point came down to court No. 1 featuring the Tar Heel duo of Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb.

Carolina led 5-1 before A&M ran off the next five points to take a 6-5 advantage, but Carter held serve to tie it up at 6-all. The Aggies also held for a 7-6 lead, before Loeb did the same to send the set into a tie breaker.

A&M led 2-1 and 4-2, before three consecutive points gave UNC its first advantage in the breaker at 5-4. The Aggies later pulled in front 6-5 and served for the match, but the Heels held tight to tie it 6-all.

Still tied 7-7, Carolina won the next two points to secure the dubs point with an 8-7 (9-7) victory. Carter and Loeb improved to 17-0 this spring.

The tandem of Caroline Price and Whitney Kay breezed to an 8-2 win on court No. 2 to notch the other doubles victory for the Tar Heels.

In singles, Kay was the first to close out her match on court four, winning 6-2, 6-2 against Stefania Hristov for a 2-0 Tar Heel advantage.

Tessa Lyons made it 3-0 with a dominating 6-1, 6-1 victory against Mason Strickland on court No. 6.

Loeb clinched the 4-0 sweep with a 6-1, 6-3 win on court No. 1 versus Cristina Stancu, marking the second straight-set win against her this season.

The victory avenged an earlier season 4-3 loss to the Aggies back in February in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.