Wake Forest Swept 7-0 by No. 1 North Carolina
Feb. 27, 2013
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest picked up a win at No. 1 doubles on Wednesday afternoon, but No. 1 North Carolina ultimately earned a 7-0 sweep at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex's Leighton Courts.
The Demon Deacons fall to 1-7 overall and 0-1 in ACC play following the loss, while the top-ranked Tar Heels improve to 10-1 overall and 1-0 in conference matches.
In doubles action, Brigita Bercyte and Andrea Retolaza kept things close early at the No. 2 spot, but UNC's Caroline Price and Ashley Dai made a huge push and claimed the match 8-2. In much the same way, Catherine Roach and Karen Forman traded blows with Whitney Kay and Kate Vialle early on, but could not maintain that momentum while falling 8-3.
Despite the point being decided, Kasey Gardiner and Xue Zhang opted to play out their match at No. 1. In their first time playing together, the freshman duo showed impressive chemistry and held a solid lead throughout the match against Zoe De Bruycker and Laura Slater, knocking off the top team of the Tar Heels 8-5.
Already holding a 1-0 overall lead, North Carolina quickly clinched the match by picking up victories in the first three completed singles matches. Retolaza fell to No. 25 Price 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3, Roach dropped the No. 6 match to Vialle 6-0, 6-0 and Bercyte could not hang on against No. 101 Dai, falling 6-2, 6-0 to give the Tar Heels an insurmountable 4-0 advantage.
The Deacons showed resolve in the final three matches, however. Forman held her own against No. 93 Tessa Lyons, keeping the sets close until the very end in a narrow 6-4, 7-5 defeat at the No. 4 position.
Gardiner also made a strong push in her second set, nearly forcing a decisive third set before falling to No. 32 De Bruycker 6-2, 7-5.
In the final match of the day, Zhang matched up against No. 19 Kay, North Carolina's highest ranked player that competed. Riding the momentum of a four-match winning streak, the freshman pushed Kay to the brink in both sets but came up just short, falling 7-5, 6-4.
Wake Forest will be back in action on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. as the Deacs welcome No. 45 NC State. They will be seeking to avenge a 4-3 defeat against the Wolfpack during the 2012 season.
#1 North Carolina 7, Wake Forest 0