No. 6 North Carolina Rolls Past ECU Pirates, 6-0

ECU Drops Second-Straight Match, Will Continue Long Road Swing at College of Charleston Friday

CHAPEL HILL, NCĀ Feb. 19, 2014 North Carolina, currently ranked sixth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) women’s poll, quickly garnered the doubles point by a 16-3 count and dropped only one set in five singles matches to earn a 7-0 non-conference win over East Carolina at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center Wednesday night.

ECU Pirates women's tennis

The loss marked the second-straight setback for the Pirates who lowered their dual match record to 3-4. The Tar Heels improved their spring ledger to 8-2 with the victory and completed a doubleheader sweep after blanking Norfolk State earlier in the day.

North Carolina jumped out to an early 1-0 edge by using 8-1 and 8-2 triumphs at the No. 2 and No. 1 doubles slots, respectively. Laura Slater and Kate Vialle held Dana Gray and Maria Storozheva in check before Whitney Kay and Jamie Loeb clinched the opening point by dispatching Michelle Castro and Nicole LaDuca.

The Tar Heels, who already own wins over No. 4 Georgia and No. 15 Vanderbilt this season, continued their strong performance in singles action by only surrendering a combined five games in four of the five matchups. Freshman Maria Storozheva turned in the Pirates’ top effort in her 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 loss to No. 106 Ashley Dai in a No. 5 meeting.

In other action, the nation’s top-seeded player, freshman Jamie Loeb, snapped Castro’s four-match win streak with a 6-0, 6-1 decision at No. 1, Vialle ended LaDuca’s run of three-straight victories with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 3, Tessa Lyons rolled past Gray by a 6-2, 6-0 score at No. 4 and Slater cruised to a similar 6-2, 6-0 victory over Betsy Zurawel at the No. 6 slot. Melis Tanik posted a 7-5 triumph in the opening set of her meeting with No. 69 Kay at No. 2, but was forced to retire after suffering an ankle injury.

The Pirates will play the third of seven consecutive road matches Friday when they visit the College of Charleston. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Singles Play
No. 1 – No. 1 Jamie Loeb (UNC) def. Michelle Castro (ECU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 – No. 69 Whitney Kay (UNC) def.Melis Tanik (ECU) 5-7, retired
No. 3 – Kate Vialle (UNC) def. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 – Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Dana Gray (ECU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 – No. 106 Ashley Dai (UNC) def. Maria Storozheva (ECU) 3-6, 6-2, 10-8
No. 6 – Laura Slater (UNC) def. Betsy Zurawel (ECU) 6-2, 6-0
Doubles Play
No. 1 – Kay/Loeb (UNC) def. Castro/LaDuca (ECU) 8-2
No. 2 – Slater/Vialle (UNC) def. Gray/Storozheva (ECU) 8-1
No. 3 – Dai/Lyons (UNC) vs. Emily Groeneveld/Tanik (ECU) 6-3 (DNF)
Team Records: East Carolina 3-4, North Carolina 8-2