Jamie Loeb leads UNC tennis into 1st place in ACC; No. 1 Duke upset
The seventh-ranked North Carolina women's tennis team took over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference after a 6-1 victory at No. 27 Georgia Tech on Thursday afternoon from the Ken Byers Tennis Center.
The Tar Heels (23-3, 12-1 ACC) began the day tied atop the league standings with Duke and Virginia, however, the Blue Devils lost at Clemson and Virginia was idle today.
Georgia Tech (11-8, 8-5) opened doubles play by winning on court three, forcing Carolina to win the opening point in come-from-behind fashion. Playing on court one, No. 15 Whitney Kay and Caroline Price defeated No. 4 Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard 8-7 (7-3) to even the doubles at one victory apiece.
Jamie Loeb and Ashley Dai wound up giving the Tar Heels the early 1-0 lead with an 8-3 victory on court two.
No. 46 Caroline Price once again was the first finisher for Carolina in singles on court three, winning 6-0, 6-2 for a 2-0 lead.
No. 1 Jamie Loeb and No. 6 Hayley Carter were next to finish at 1 and 2 singles, respectively, to clinch the victory for the visiting Tar Heels.
Georgia Tech earned a win on court four, before Kate Vialle won on court six and 103rd ranked Ashley Dai closed out the match with a win at #5 singles.
Carolina has won 12 consecutive dual matches heading into its season finale at Clemson on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Tigers upset Duke, 4-3, on Thursday.
Tennis Match Results
North Carolina vs Georgia Tech
Apr 17, 2014 at Atlanta, Ga.
(Ken Byers Tennis Center)
#7 North Carolina 6, #27 Georgia Tech 1
1. #1 Jamie Loeb (NC) def. Kendal Woodard (GT) 6-3, 6-2
2. #6 Hayley Carter (NC) def. Megan Kurey (GT) 6-2, 6-4
3. #46 Caroline Price (NC) def. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) 6-0, 6-2
4. Rasheeda McAdoo (GT) def. Whitney Kay (NC) 6-2, 6-4
5. #103 Ashley Dai (NC) def. Muriel Wacker (GT) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
6. Kate Vialle (NC) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
1. #15 Whitney Kay/Caroline Price (NC) def. #4 Megan Kurey/Kendal Woodard (GT) 8-7 (7-3)
2. Jamie Loeb/Ashley Dai (NC) def. Natasha Prokhnevska/Muriel Wacker (GT) 8-3
3. Rasheeda McAdoo/Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (GT) def. Hayley Carter/Tessa Lyons (NC) 8-5
North Carolina 23-3, 12-1 ACC; National ranking #7
Georgia Tech 11-8, 8-5 ACC; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,1,2,4,6,5)
NO. 17 CLEMSON SHOCKS NO. 1 DUKE
CLEMSON, S.C. – In a match that took over five hours to complete, the top-ranked Duke women’s tennis team suffered its first loss in ACC play Thursday at 17th-ranked Clemson, 4-3, at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center in Clemson, S.C.
With the loss, Duke dropped to 21-2 overall and 11-2 in ACC play, while Clemson improved to 19-5, 11-2. The Blue Devils will close the regular season at Georgia Tech on Saturday, April 19 at 12:00 p.m.
For only the second time this season, Duke lost the doubles point to fall to 23-2 this season in doubles play. The Blue Devils led early on two of the three doubles courts, but the Lady Tigers took the third court, 8-4, as Jessy Rompies and Joana Eidukonyte downed 80th-ranked Annie Mulholland and Chalena Scholl. The loss for the Duke duo snapped a four-match win streak and was their first league defeat this season.
On court one and two, Duke led 6-5 and ended up collecting an 8-7 (7-2) win on court one as fifth-ranked Beatrice Capra and Hanna Mar knocked off Yana Koroleva and Romy Koelzer. After leading 6-5 on the second court, 22nd-ranked Ester Goldfeld and Alyssa Smith fell, 8-7 (7-3), to Beatrice Gumulya and Tristen Dewar to drop the important doubles point.
Duke opened singles play strong winning the first set on five of the first six courts and was able to even the match, 1-1, as 24th-ranked Goldfeld made quick work of Gumulya, 6-0, 6-1, on the third court. The win for Goldfeld, who is out of Brooklyn, N.Y., was her 10th straight singles victory. Redshirt junior Rachel Kahan then took down Rompies, 6-3, 6-3, to give the Blue Devils a 2-1 advantage.
After cruising to a 6-3 victory on court one, Scholl dropped two straight sets, 7-6 (7-4) and 6-1 against 31st-ranked Koelzer on court No. 2 to even the match at 2-2. The loss for Scholl snapped a four-match win streak for the rookie.
Once again, Duke went ahead in the match, 3-2, after 35th-ranked Mar defeated Dewar, 7-5, 6-4, on court four. The Blue Devils needed one more win to clinch the victory with fifth-ranked Capra on court one and senior Marianne Jodoin on court six remaining.
After dropping the first set, 7-6 (7-5), Capra cruised in the second set winning 6-2. Ranked fifth nationally with a 25-6 record, Capra lost the third set, 6-2, to even the match, 3-3.
Jodoin, who entered the day riding a nine-match winning streak, took the opening set, 7-6 (7-5) and led 5-3 in the second set with match point looming. Eidukonyte came back to win the second set, 7-5, and knocked off Jodoin, 6-0, in the third set to clinch the win for Clemson, 4-3.
Duke has lost only two matches this season against Virginia and Clemson, which were both on the road.
Tennis Match Results
Duke University vs Clemson
Apr 17, 2014 at Clemson, S.C.
(Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
#17 Clemson 4, #1 Duke University 3
1. #47 Yana Koroleva (CU) def. #5 Beatrice Capra (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-2
2. #31 Romy Koelzer (CU) def. Chalena Scholl (DU) 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
3. #24 Ester Goldfeld (DU) def. Beatrice Gumulya (CU) 6-0, 6-1
4. #35 Hanna Mar (DU) def. #108 Tristen Dewar (CU) 7-5, 6-4
5. Rachel Kahan (DU) def. Jessy Rompies (CU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Joana Eidukonyte (CU) def. Marianne Jodoin (DU) 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-0
1. #5 Hanna Mar/Beatrice Capra (DU) def. Yana Koroleva/Romy Koelzer (CU) 8-7 (7-2)
2. Beatrice Gumulya/Tristen Dewar (CU) def. #22 Ester Goldfeld/Alyssa Smith (DU) 8-7 (7-3)
3. Jessy Rompies/Joana Eidukonyte (CU) def. #80 Annie Mulholland/Chalena Scholl (DU) 8-4
Duke University 21-2, 11-2 ACC; National ranking #1
Clemson 19-5, 11-2 ACC; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,5,2,4,1,6)
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