Wake Forest to Open ACC Play against No. 1 North Carolina
Xue Zhang is riding a four-match winning streak heading into Wednesday's ACC opener.

Feb. 26, 2013

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By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTennis)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest will open its 2013 ACC schedule on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. as the Deacs welcome No. 1 North Carolina to the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

The Demon Deacons will be looking to post their first win over the top-ranked Tar Heels since 2007, when they earned a 4-3 upset victory at their former venue, Leighton Tennis Stadium.

North Carolina boasts seven players in the top 125 of the latest ITA rankings, led by No. 4 Gina Suarez-Malaguti. Their only loss of the season came against then-No. 2 Florida by a 4-2 margin on Feb. 18.

Last Time Out
• The Demon Deacons fell just short in two matches last weekend, dropping a 4-3 decision to No. 46 Long Beach State and a 5-2 match against Louisville.
• Freshman Xue Zhang continued her winning ways last weekend, posting two more victories to increase her winning streak to four matches.
Kathryn Talbert posted her 95th and 96th total victories with one win apiece in singles and doubles last weekend.

Today's Opponent
• North Carolina enters as the No. 1 team in the nation in the latest ITA rankings with a 9-1 record. Their lone loss came against then-No. 2 Florida on Feb. 18.

Top Wake Forest Storylines
• Wake Forest will be looking to post their first victory over the Tar Heels since Mar. 1, 2007, when the Deacs earned a 4-3 win at Leighton Tennis Stadium.
Karen Forman rebounded well last weekend after dropping her match on Saturday, fighting back to earn a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 5 singles on Sunday.

Next Up
• The Demon Deacons will be back in action this weekend for a doubleheader against No. 45 NC State on Saturday and No. 25 William & Mary on Sunday.
• Wake Forest's last victory against the Wolfpack came in 2010 when the Deacs triumphed 4-2 and they last defeated the Tribe 6-1 in 2011.



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