URBANA, Ill. — Making its first appearance in the Sweet 16, the Nebraska women’s tennis team fell to North Carolina 4-1 Friday night.
The Tar Heels (28-3) took two doubles pairings to win the doubles point, then won three singles matches in straight sets to defeat the Huskers and advance in the tournament.
In No. 2 doubles, the Tar Heels’ Lauren McHale and Ashley Dai defeated Stefanie Weinstein and Janine Weinreich 8-2, and UNC’s No. 3 pair of Gina Suarez-Malaguti and Tessa Lyons defeated Maggy Lehmicke and Izabella Zgierska 8-3. In the match that did not finish, UNC’s Caroline Price and Whitney Kay led Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova 7-6.
Nebraska pulled even at 1-1 when Weinstein, a senior from Much, Germany, upset 39th-rated Whitney Kay at No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-1 in the first singles match to finish. McHale then defeated Lehmicke at No. 5 singles 6-0, 7-6 (0), and Price defeated Weinreich 7-6 (2), 6-2 at No. 4 singles to give the Tar Heels a 3-1 advantage. UNC’s Kate Vialle closed the match at No. 6 singles with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Zgierska.
The top two singles matches both went to third sets but did not finish because the Tar Heels had clinched the victory.
At No. 1 singles, 11th-rated Weatherholt led seventh-rated Suarez-Malaguti 3-2 in the third set, and NU’s Veresova and 49th-rated Zoe De Bruycker were tied 1-1 in the final set.
Weatherholt, a senior from Prairie Village, Kan., is among 64 players who will participate in the NCAA singles championship. She and Veresova have qualified for the 32-pair doubles championships.
Those matches begin Wednesday following the team matches. In singles competition, Weatherholt is 25-1 this season.