North Carolina (17-1, 4-0 ACC) remained perfect in league play with a 6-1 win over the Hurricanes on Friday afternoon, the seventh victory in a row for UNC in the series going back to when Carter joined the program in 2014.
Second-ranked Carter, the Tar Heels’ all-time wins leader, registered her 153rd career victory over No. 7 Sinead Lohan, who Carter also defeated in the semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Singles Championship last May in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Carter’s 6-4, 7-5 victory on court one over Lohan made it 4-1 and an official victory for the Tar Heels. Miami (4-6, 3-2) had briefly gained a little momentum when #66 Estela Perez-Somarriba upset No. 4 Sara Daavettila, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1, on court two, but Carter shut the door on the Hurricanes moments later.
UNC breezed to a 1-0 lead with a dominating performance in doubles. No. 1 Carter and Jessie Aney blanked Lohan and Maci Epstein, 6-0 on court one, and teammates Cassandra Vazquez and Alexa Graham secured the point with a 6-3 win over Silvia Fuentes and Dominika Paterova.
#24 Aney made it 2-0 Tar Heels when Epstein retired on court three in the middle of the second set.
#78 Makenna Jones increased the lead to 3-0 on court five, 6-4, 6-2, over Paterova.
No. 33 Graham picked up a three-set win over Ana Madcur - 6-0, 4-6, 6-0 - on court five, and sophomore Chloe Ouellet-Pizer also picked up a win in three sets to close out the ‘Canes.
Carolina faces Florida State on Sunday in Tallahassee at 12 p.m.
#2 Hayley Carter (UNC) def. #7 Sinead Lohan (UM) 6-4, 7-5
#66 Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) def. #4 Sara Daavettila (UNC) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
#24 Jessie Aney (UNC) def. Maci Epstein (UM) 6-3, 2-0, retired
#33 Alexa Graham (UNC) def. Ana Madcur (UM) 6-0, 4-6, 6-0
#78 Makenna Jones (UNC) def. Dominika Paterova (UM) 6-4, 6-2
Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) def. Silvia Fuentes (UM) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 2, 1, 4, 6
#1 Hayley Carter/Jessie Aney (UNC) def. Sinead Lohan/Maci Epstein (UM) 6-0
Cassandra Vazquez/Alexa Graham (UNC) def. Silvia Fuentes/Dominika Paterova (UM) 6-3
Sara Daavettila/Rachael James-Baker (UNC) vs. Ana Madcur/Estela Perez-Somarriba (UM) 2-5, unfinished
Order of Finish: 1, 2