No. 1 UNC women’s tennis to take the first loss of the season. 9 Duke on Friday

For the first time in nearly four years, the No. No. 1 North Carolina women’s tennis team (23-1, 12-1) lost on a regular-season dual match Friday, falling to 5-2. 9 Duke (16-3, 11-2) in Durham.

What happened?

Both teams played all three doubles matches in highly competitive tennis, but the Blue Devils took the point 2-1.

Duke’s No. 6 against UNC’s Fiona Crawley and Elizabeth Scotty won the nation’s top-ranked duo. 38 combo of Karolina Berankova and Georgia Drummy.

The other two, however, struggled, as No. 26 Alle Sanford and Cameron Morra lost 6-3 to No. 55 Chloe Beck and Ellie Coleman and the Carson Tanguilig-Reilly Tran Duo lost 6-3 to Eliza Omirou and Margaryta Bilokin.

In the more important singles matches, UNC senior no. 4 Morra fell behind 6-1 and rolled her seventh and final set of the final point on her left ankle. She tried to fight back with an obvious limp, but to no avail, and she fell 6-1, 6-4.

The # 2 singles match saw UNC’s No. Duke’s No. 17 on Scotty Take. 21 Drummy. Scotty fell 6-4 in the first set but battled back to take the second, 6-2. Drummy sealed the deal, though, in the final frame and won 7-5.

Sophomore Reilly Tran, ranked No. 1; 24 in the country, provided one of two UNC victories in the number three singles match. She took down No. 122 Emma Jackson in three sets – 6-2, 3-6, 5-1 – The ladder of the next part of Crawley lost when she got a contest.

Another UNC win came from first-year Carson Tanguilig, the No. 48 singles player in the nation, in the fifth singles match. She fell in the first set against Bilokin but came back to win sets two and three by a score of 6-1.

North Carolina’s Anika Yarlagadda faced Duke’s Coleman in the final singles match and fell 7-5, 6-4 in a hard-fought battle.

Who stood out?

Her team’s biggest rival against her first career dual match in Tanguilig struggled, but the Alpharetta, Georgia native rebounded nicely and won the next two sets by five points each.

The Scotty-Crawley doubles duo continues to impress, winning easily once again and proving why it’s the number one nation in the nation.

When was it decided?

Duke’s unranked Kelly Chen came back from a 4-0 first set deficit to win 6-4, 6-3. 45 Crawley, giving the home team the clinching fourth point and a 4-1 lead. This was Crawley’s first dual-match loss of the season.

Why does it matter?

North Carolina women’s tennis rarely loses regular season dual matches.

Losing stings are the reason why this program is almost unheard of, and when it hurts even more, UNC’s fiercest rival against Durham.

This season is over, however, and the Tar Heels have plenty of chances coming up to make this shortcoming.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels next head to Rome, Ga. The ACC Championship for this coming weekend, where they might get another crack at Duke.

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