Hoosiers Fall at No. 15 UNC
DURHAM, N.C. -The No. 29 Indiana women's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 15 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon in the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. With the loss, the Hoosiers fall to 2-2 on the spring, while the Tar Heels improve to 4-0 on the young season.
UNC claimed the doubles point, winning two of three contests, at the No. 1 and 2 positions. At No. 1, the duo of senior Aniela Mojzis and Kendall Cline, ranked 14th in the nation, defeated senior Dominika Walterova and junior Sarah Batty by the score of 8-1.
The Tar Heels secured the point with a win from sophomores Sara Anundsen and sophomore Jenna Long, 8-4, over sophomore Laura McGaffigan and freshman Brianna Williams. The Hoosier duo of senior Dora Vastag and sophomore Cecile Perton captured a win over freshman Charlotte Tansill and sophomore Caitlin Collins, 8-7, at No. 3.
"We were very competitive in two of the doubles matches," head coach Lin Loring said. "We tried some new combinations this weekend and we played very hard."
Vastag, ranked 91st in the country, was forced to retire in her singles match against Mojzis, ranked 26th in the nation, at the top spot. Mojzis won the first set 6-4, before Vastag retired due to injury.
'We played hard and were very competitive in four of the singles matches," Loring said. "Dora had to retire due to injury and two other matches went into tiebreakers."
Collins defeated Walterova (6-1, 6-2) at No. 5, and Anundsen bested Williams (6-1, 6-1) at No. 4, to clinch the match for the Tar Heels.
McGaffigan earned her second singles win of the weekend at the No. 3 position, 7-5, 6-3, over Long.
"Laura had a great weekend in singles play against two very good schools," Loring said. "For her to win both of those matches really says a lot about how well she is playing right now."
The final two contests of the day needed to be decided by a match tiebreaker. Tansill got the best of Perton, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (6), at No. 6 and Batty fell to Cline, ranked 37th in the country, 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (7), at No. 2
The Hoosiers will be idle until Feb. 12-13, when they host a trio of matches in the IU Varsity Tennis Center. The Cream and Crimson welcome Wake Forest on Saturday at 10 a.m., and Texas A&M and Butler on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.
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