March 25, 2014
||#8 North Carolina 6, #11 Northwestern 1
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center Chapel Hill, N.C.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Northwestern took four matches into the third set but ultimately fell to eighth-ranked North Carolina 6-1, snapping a four-match winning streak. Nida Hamilton was the lone winner for the Wildcats on Tuesday.
Hamilton improved to 7-0 on the season with a 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 win over Kate Vialle.
On the same day that she was named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, Veronica Corning matched up against the top-ranked singles player in the country. Jamie Loeb got the best of Corning, winning the match 6-2, 6-2. Belinda Niu had her 13-match winning streak snapped and suffered her first loss of the 2014 dual season, falling to No. 7 Hayley Carter 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
North Carolina claimed the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 over a slightly altered NU lineup. At No. 2, Caroline Price and Whitney Kay, ranked 15th in the country, defeated Hamilton and Niu, 8-5. Ashley Dai and Tessa Lyons followed that with a narrow victory over Maddie Lipp and Manon Peri at No. 3 by an 8-6 score. Corning and Alicia Barnett were ahead of the ninth-ranked duo of Loeb and Carter, 7-6, when the match was abandoned.
Northwestern is back in action tomorrow when the team travels to Durham, N.C. to face the No. 1-ranked Duke Blue Devils. There will be live scoring and live video for the match. The `Cats return home to the Combe Tennis Center this weekend, welcoming Ohio State on Saturday and Penn State on Sunday. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
No. 1 - #1 Jamie Loeb (UNC) def. #44 Veronica Corning (NU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 - #7 Hayley Carter (UNC) def. #36 Belinda Niu (NU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 - #47 Caroline Price (UNC) def. Alicia Barnett (NU), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
No. 4 - Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Manon Peri (NU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 - Nida Hamilton (NU) def. Kate Vialle (UNC), 6-2, 6-7, 7-5
No. 6 - Ashley Dai (UNC) def. Jillian Rooney (NU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 6*, 2, 3, 5
No. 1 - #21 Veronica Corning / Alicia Barnett (NU) vs. #3 Jamie Loeb / Hayley Carter (UNC), 7-6 (unfinished)
No. 2 - #11 Caroline Price / Whitney Kay (UNC) def. Nida Hamilton / Belinda Niu (NU), 8-5
No. 3 - Ashley Dai / Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Maddie Lipp / Manon Peri (NU), 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 3*
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