CHAPEL HILL --- No. 1 North Carolina got singles wins from Caroline Price, Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Whitney Kay to sweep No. 27 Georgia Tech, 4-0, Friday afternoon at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. After falling to No. 27 Virginia last Saturday, the Tar Heels bounced back in impressive fashion against another dangerous Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.
The doubles point, which proved to be decisive against the Cavaliers, was the key once again Friday. Suarez-Malaguti and Tessa Lyons routed Jasmine Minor and Natasha Prokhnevska, 8-1, on court three, but the other two matches were tight throughout. Carolina (18-2, 4-1 ACC) looked to be in control with leads of 7-5 on court one and 7-4 on court two, but Georgia Tech made it interesting late.
No. 67 Megan Kurey and Kendal Woodard were able to break No. 42 Price and Kay to tie the No. 1 doubles match at 7, while Elizabeth Kilborn and Muriel Wacker held on court two for 7-6. But the Tar Heel duo of Zoe De Bruycker and Ashley Dai served out the match on court two to win 8-6 and secure the doubles point.
With the early lead, UNC leaned on three of its most consistent points to grind out the 4-0 victory. The Tar Heels won the opening set on each of the top four courts, and got the necessary three wins in quick succession.
First off was Price, who continued her incredible spring with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Kurney. The Duluth, Ga., sophomore is now 17-0 in dual match singles play and has dropped just one set in 2013.
Moments later Suarez-Malaguti made it 3-0 with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-2 victory over No. 89 Kilborn on court one. The win was the senior's fifth in six matches and her ninth of the spring at the top of the singles lineup.
Kay completed the sweep on court three with her 6-2, 6-4 win over Prokhnevska. The Alpharetta, Ga., freshman improved to 14-1 on the spring and 11-1 at the No. 3 position.
No. 43 De Bruycker had split sets on court two with Woodard, while Lauren McHale and Lyons were rallying from one-set deficits on courts five and six when the match was abandoned.
Carolina will conclude its four-match homestand Saturday afternoon at 1 against No. 16 Clemson. Admission is free for all spectators and live scoring will be available at GoHeels.com.