Georgia native Caroline Price leads the Tar Heels into NCAA Round of 16.
Georgia native Caroline Price leads the Tar Heels into NCAA Round of 16.
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UNC Takes On Texas A&M Thursday In Round of 16
Release: 05/14/2014
ATHENS, Ga. - No. 7 seed North Carolina returns to the court on Thursday to face 10th-seed Texas A&M in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.

North Carolina (26-5) will have to avenge an earlier loss back in February to the Aggies in order to advance into the quarterfinals. One of only three teams to beat the Tar Heels this season, Texas A&M (21-6) advanced to the Sweet 16 with a pair of wins at home last weekend.

The Aggies won 4-0 over Stony Brook in the first round, before taking a 4-2 result of No. 23 Texas in the second round in College Station.

The first meeting of the season took place indoors at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in Chapel Hill on February 3rd. Carolina won the doubles point and led 3-1, before A&M mounted a comeback that resulted in what head coach Howard Joffe described as the best win in school history, taking into account that UNC was ranked third at the time of the match.

It wound up the only home loss for the Tar Heels during the 2013-14 campaign.

Carolina also hosted first and second round matches last weekend and did not surrender a point in a pair of 4-0 victories over VCU and Georgia State, respectively.

The Tar Heels boast a trio of All-ACC players in first team selections Hayley Carter and Jamie Loeb. Junior Caroline Price was a second team selection for the second time in her career.

Texas A&M senior Cristina Stancu was named first team All-SEC, while Saska Gavrilovska was selected to the second team as well as the SEC All-Freshman team.

In the first meeting, Loeb dismantled Stancu to the tune of a 6-1, 6-0 victory at #1 singles, while Gavrilovska took down Carter in come-from-behind fashion, winning 0-6, 6-2, 1-0 (12-10) on court #2.

Price breezed to a 6-1, 6-2 win at #3 over Anna Mamalat.

North Carolina boasts four ranked singles players: #1 Loeb, #5 Carter, #59 Price and #105 Ashley Dai.

Texas A&M has three ranked singles player in #10 Stancu, #56 Gavrilovska and #84 Ines Deheza.

In doubles, Loeb and Carter make up the third ranked tandem in the country, followed by Price and Whitney Kay at #13, Laura Slater and Kate Vialle at #55 and Loeb and Ashley Dai at #76.

The Aggies top duo of Stefania Hristov and Stancu are #14, while Deheza and Gavrilovska check in at #79.

The match is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., on Thursday morning in Athens. Follow UNC Women's Tennis on twitter @UNC_wtennis for the most up-to-date coverage of the team during the NCAA Championships.

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