CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The third-ranked Blue Devils fell to eighth-ranked North Carolina, 4-0, Sunday in the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championship, hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar's Head Sports Club. With the loss, the Blue Devils fall to 6-1 on the season.
In doubles play, the Tar Heels came out as the aggressor and jumped out to early leads on two of the three courts. On court three, the duo of junior Hanna Mar and sophomore Monica Turewicz dropped serve twice, falling behind the No. 51 tandem of Tessa Lyons and Lauren McHale, 5-0. Mar and Turewicz were unable to slow the Tar Heels and fell, 8-2.
In the second position, the team of junior Marianne Jodoin and sophomore Annie Mulholland was outlasted by Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Zoe De Bruycker, 8-3, clinching the doubles point for North Carolina. In the top spot for the Blue Devils, senior Mary Clayton and sophomore Ester Goldfeld were down 7-4 to No. 8 Ashley Dai and Whitney Kay when the doubles point was clinched.
In singles action, the Blue Devils showed resiliency, but were unable to slow the Tar Heels. On court four, Mulholland dropped her match to No. 111 McHale, 6-2, 6-2, while Goldfeld, ranked 40th in the most recent ITA poll, dropped the first set 6-4 to No. 21 Kay. In the second set, Goldfeld traded games with Kay, but eventually dropped serve, and was outlasted, 7-5.
In the second position, Clayton fell behind 4-1 against No. 28 De Bruycker, and after leveling the match at 4-4, Clayton was unable to stop De Bruycker and dropped the set, 6-4. In the second set, De Bruycker topped Clayton, 6-2, to clinch the match for North Carolina.
On court six, Jodoin jumped out to an early 4-1 lead against No. 65 Dai, but Dai battled back to level the match at 6-6 before Jodoin sealed the set in a tiebreaker. Jodoin held a 3-0 lead in the second set, while Turewicz held a 7-5, 5-4, edge over No. 36 Price on court five when the match was decided. In the top spot, Mar dropped the first set, 6-2, but regained momentum in the second before the match was clinched.
The third-ranked Blue Devils continue their difficult schedule as they take to the court Feb. 17 against top-ranked Florida at 12 p.m. at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in Durham, N.C.
"North Carolina played a much more aggressive match than we did," said head coach Jamie Ashworth. "I felt like we were caught playing from behind the entire match and against good teams you cannot afford to do that. We need to be the one dictating the pace, tempo, and the play and we just were not able to do that. We will definitely learn from this and be better when we take the court against Florida next weekend."
North Carolina vs. Duke
Feb 10, 2013 at Charlottesville, VA
(Boar's Head Sports Club)
North Carolina 4, Duke 0
1. #10 Hanna Mar (DUKE) vs. #11 Gina Suarez-Malaguti (NC) 2-6, 3-4, unfinished
2. #28 Zoe De Bruycker (NC) def. #53 Mary Clayton (DUKE) 6-4, 6-2
3. #21 Whitney Kay (NC) def. #40 Ester Goldfeld (DUKE) 6-4, 7-5
4. #111 Lauren McHale (NC) def. Annie Mulholland (DUKE) 6-2, 6-2
5. Monica Turewicz (DUKE) vs. #36 Caroline Price (NC) 7-5, 5-4, unfinished
6. #63 Marianne Jodoin (DUKE) vs. #65 Ashley Dai (NC) 7-6 (9-7), 3-0, unfinished
1. Mary Clayton/Ester Goldfeld (DUKE) vs. #8 Ashley Dai/Whitney Kay (NC) 4-7, unfinished
2. Gina Suarez-Malaguti/Zoe De Bruycker (NC) def. Marianne Jodoin/Annie Mulholland (DUKE) 8-3
3. #51 Tessa Lyons/Lauren McHale (NC) def. Hanna Mar/Monica Turewicz (DUKE) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (4,3,2)