CHAPEL HILL --- The North Carolina women's tennis team will take the court as the nation's No. 1 team for the first time Monday when the Tar Heels host No. 2 Florida at 2 p.m. at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Carolina is 9-0 on the season following the ITA National Team Indoor Championships title earlier this week in Charlottesville, Va.
Florida (3-0) is the defending NCAA champion and will visit No. 4 Duke on Sunday before Monday's match in Chapel Hill. The Gators did not participate in at National Indoors and have not played since sweeping No. 15 Baylor on Feb. 2.
The Tar Heels continue to boast seven players in the top 125 of the ITA singles poll led by No. 7 Gina Suarez-Malaguti. The senior is joined by ITA Most Outstanding Player Whitney Kay (21), Zoe De Bruycker (30), Caroline Price (31), Tessa Lyons (79), Ashley Dai (90) and Lauren McHale (121). Kay and Dai are also No. 10 in the doubles rankings.
No. 4 Lauren Embree leads a talented Florida team that features five ranked singles players. She is joined in the top 10 by No. 9 Sofie Oyen, and Embree is ranked No. 54 in doubles with Danielle Collins.
Live scoring will be available starting at 2 p.m. at GoHeels.com and admission for all fans is free.