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Sunday, June 23, 2024
The Observer

Women's tennis falls to Duke and UNC on the road

The Irish women’s tennis team dropped both of their matches this weekend on their trip out to tobacco road, losing to Duke and North Carolina by scores of 5-2 and 7-0, respectively.

In Friday’s matchup against eleventh-ranked Duke, senior Page Freeman was very competitive in first singles against the NCAA’s second-ranked singles player, Chloe Beck. Despite losing the opening set 0-6, Freeman battled back to win the second set 6-4. The final set was competitive but Freeman ultimately fell 4-6.

The Irish got a victory in second singles with junior Julia Andreach beating Cameron Morra by a a score of 6-2, 7-6 (8-6).

The Irish would fall in third and fourth singles, however. Junior Yashna Yellayi lost to Emma Jackson in straight sets by a score of 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. Sophomore Carrie Beckman won the first set against Georgia Drummy, but eventually lost in three sets by a score of 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.

The Irish got their second victory of the day in fifth singles with freshman Bojana Pozder beating Ellie Coleman in a highly competitive match by a score of 7-5, 7-5.

The Blue Devils won sixth singles, though, with Brianna Shvets beating freshman Akari Matsuno in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).

The Blue Devils also dominated in doubles and took the doubles point to win the match overall by a score of 5-2.

In Chapel Hill, the Irish struggled against first-ranked North Carolina, losing the match by a score of 7-0.

In first singles, top-ranked singles player Fiona Crawley beat Freeman in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. Reese Brantmeier won second singles in straight sets as well, beating Andreach 6-4, 6-3.

In third singles, seventh-ranked singles player Carson Tanguilig defeated Yellayi in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. And in fourth singles, Elizabeth Scotty made quick work of Beckman, winning by a dominating score of 6-1, 6-0.

In fifth singles, Pozder showed some fight for the Irish and brought the match to three sets, but ultimately she lost to Abbey Forbes by a score of 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 1-0 (10-4). In sixth singles, the Tar Heels dominated again with Anika Yarlagadda defeating Matsuno, 6-3, 6-4.

The Tar Heels dominated in doubles as well, giving up only four games across all three matches.