North Carolina (33-2) took the doubles point and later received singles wins from Haley Carter and Sara Daavettila, and Jessie Aney clinched the win on court three in a match that took just over two hours to complete.
Carolina will face seventh seed Stanford in a quarterfinal match on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Cardinal disposed of 10th seed Michigan, 4-1, on Friday. UNC and Stanford last met in the 2014 NCAA Semifinals right here in Athens. Freshman Jamie Loeb earned the deciding point in a thrilling 4-3 victory for the Tar Heels.
The doubles portion of the morning was a one-sided affair. On court three, freshmen Makenna Jones and Daavettila posted a lopsided, 6-1, victory. The All-American duo of Carter and Aney followed with a 6-2 win on court one.
The Blue Devils won the doubles point in the regular season meeting between the two Tobacco Road rivals, but it was a different story today. All three Carolina tandems earned a service break on the opening point and a focused effort saw the Tar Heels take a 1-0 lead.
“I'm really proud of our team,” said UNC head coach Brian Kalbas. “That's probably the best doubles we've played in a while. They beat us pretty handily the first time so for us to get the doubles point got us off to a good start. The top three spots did a great job of getting the first sets and closing it out in the second. We know when you're playing a rival like this there are no mysteries, you know each other real well so it's about executing your game-plan and we did that today.”
No. 2 Carter won 6-0, 6-3 over #80 Samantha Harris to register her 167th career singles victory. She remains a perfect 27-0 in dual matches this season.
No. 18 Daavettila displayed great form during a 6-2, 6-1 win over #43 Mebile Chi on court two. The ACC Freshman of the Year improved to 40-9 in singles.
No. 35 Aney was locked up in a quality dual with #55 Chalena Scholl, but prevailed, 6-4, 6-4, to send the Heels into the quarterfinals for the eighth time in program history and the fourth time in five years.
“This is probably the best feeling of my life to clinch against Duke, and to be a part of the rivalry is an honor,” Aney said. “Getting the win is even better and to clinch is something I never thought I would get to do.”
15th seed Duke finishes its season at 22-6.
1. #4 Jessie Aney/Hayley Carter (UNC) def. #42 Kaitlyn McCarthy/Meible Chi (DUKE), 6-2
2.Cassandra Vazquez/Alexa Graham (UNC) vs. Alyssa Smith/Chalena Scholl (DUKE), 5-3, uf
3.Sara Daavettila/Makenna Jones (UNC) def. Samantha Harris/ Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE), 6-1
Order of Finish: (3,1,2)
1. #2 Hayley Carter (UNC) def. #80 Samantha Harris (DUKE), 6-0, 6-3
2. #18 Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. #43 Mebile Chi (DUKE), 6-2, 6-1
3. #35 Jessie Aney (UNC) def. #55 Chalena Scholl (DUKE), 6-4, 6-4
4. #99 Kaitlyn McCarthy (DUKE) vs. #74 Alexa Graham (UNC), 7-5, 4-1, uf
5. Alyssa Smith (DUKE) vs. #100 Makenna Jones (UNC), 6-4, 2-3, uf
6. Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE) vs.Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC), 7-6, 2-2, uf
Order of Finish: (1,2,3)