GREENVILLE, S.C. – Furman team fell at No. 4 North Carolina, 4-0, Saturday in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Women's Tennis Team Championships at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Tar Heels claimed the doubles point to open the match. Sara Daayettila and Makenna Jones defeated sophomore Katty Weymouth and freshman Danni Vines, 6-1, at flight two, and Chloe Ouellet-Pizer and Rachael James-Baker posted a 6-0 victory over senior Blair Martin and rookie Katarina Kozarov at flight three. The top-seeded match was unfinished with fourth-ranked Hayley Carter and Jessie Aney leading senior Ansley Speaks and junior Aryn Greene, 5-2.
North Carolina picked up three wins in the lower half of the singles lineup to take the team victory. No. 74 Alexa Graham beat Kozarov, 6-1, 6-3, at flight four, and Jones, who ranks 100th nationally, defeated freshman Hannah Ferrett, 6-0, 6-2, at number five. Ouellet-Pizer scored a 6-2, 6-1 advantage versus Greene at flight six.
Matches at flights one through three were unfinished with the Paladins leading in the second set in two of the three matches. Carter, who ranks second nationally, led Speaks, 6-4, 4-3, at number one. Eighteenth-ranked Daavettila won flight one versus Weymouth, 6-3, at flight two, but Weymouth held a 4-3 advantage in the second set. Aney, who ranks 35th nationally, took a 6-2 win over Vines in the first set at number three, with Vines leading the second set, 5-4.
Furman (23-6, 7-0 SoCon), which secured the Southern Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by capturing its 17th SoCon Championship, made its tenth appearance in the NCAA tournament.