WTEN: Texas A&M Upsets Carolina, 4-3
Posted February 4
No. 3 North Carolina was upset 4-3 to the hands of No. 7 Texas A&M in a top 10 showdown of two of the premier women's tennis programs in the nation Tuesday night from Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
The match came down to a third set super breaker at No. 4 singles. Texas A&M (3-0) held on for a 10-6 win in the breaker to win the match.
Carolina (4-1) picked up the doubles point, and jumped out to a 3-1 lead as Jamie Loeb (No. 1 singles) and Caroline Price (No. 3 singles) both won within minutes of each other in straight sets.
Price was the first to finish, winning 6-1, 6-2, over Anna Mamalot.
Loeb completely dismantled 12th-ranked Cristina Stancu, 6-1, 6-0. The No. 2 ranked player in the nation is now 24-1 in singles play this season.
The A&M rally began at No. 3 singles when Saska Gavriloska won 13-11 in another third set tiebreaker to cap a come-from-behind victory over fifth-ranked Hayley Carter, 0-6, 6-1, 1-0 (13-11).
Carter had two match points during the marathon tie breaker, but could not overcome the relentless Gavriloska.
At No. 6 singles, UNC's Tessa Lyons fell, 6-3, 6-3, to Rutuja Bhosale, setting up the deciding match at No. 4 between Carolina's Ashley Dai and Ines Deheza.
Dai won the first set, 6-4, but Deheza answered with a second set victory, 6-2. The breaker was tied 5-5, but Deheza never let up in winning, 10-6, to clinch the match for the Aggies.
Both teams are among a field of 16 teams that will compete in the 2014 ITA Indoor National Championship Feb. 7-10 in Charlottesville, Va. The Tar Heels are the defending national champs.
Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M vs North Carolina
2/4/2014 at Chapel Hill, N.C.
(Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center)
#7 Texas A&M 4, #3 North Carolina 3
1. #2 Jamie Loeb (NC) def. #14 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) 6-1, 6-0
2. Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. #5 Hayley Carter (NC) 0-6, 6-2, 1-0 (12-10)
3. Caroline Price (NC) def. Anna Mamalat (TAMU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. #88 Ashley Dai (NC) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
5. Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. #118 Kate Vialle (NC) 6-1, 6-0
6. Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU) def. Tessa Lyons (NC) 6-3, 6-3
1. #10 Caroline Price/Whitney Kay (NC) vs. #22 Cristina Stancu/Stefania Hristov (TAMU) 3-5, unfinished
2. #12 Jamie Loeb/Hayley Carter (NC) def. #51 Ines Deheza/Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU) 6-4
3. #42 Kate Vialle/Laura Slater (NC) def. Anna Mamalat/Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) 6-4
Texas A&M 3-0; National ranking #7
North Carolina 4-1; National ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,5,1,2,6,4)